The 21st Century Project Manager


Are you maintaining a traditional Project Team? Does you team need to reboot of the skills they sustained over previous years?

Is your team still relevant if they go on with the same skills for the upcoming transformations in the current industry you are working in? What is the method to madness?

If you are bothered by the above questions we have the right answers for you. Stick around and we will answer those questions for you in this section today.

Let’s start with the Traditional Project Manager Skills:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Scope Planning
  • Time Management
  • Cost Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Team Work
  • Finance
  • Negotiation

We all know that that the Waterfall model is no longer preferred and so the above skills have made way for newer skills that the Project Manager ought to have.

Many skills are now expected from the 21st century Project Manager with the introduction of Agile and advent of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence & Robotics:

  • Wide Framework Knowledge
  • Knowledge of wide Range of Tools
  • Understanding of Latest Technology Trends like AI, Robotics etc
  • Conflict Facilitation
  • Soft Skills
  • Laws, Compliance & Regulations

There are teams in the the Agile world that only understand Waterfall and then there are those that only understand Scrum under Agile. I am sorry to report in both scenarios these teams need a complete reboot!!!

Project Management teams need to understand & apply the concepts and Processes under a number of methodologies Crystal, Xtreme Programming, SAFe, DSDM{all Agile methodologies} etc. Not Convinced? Did you know that SAFe as a methodology is more relevant when you have a Project team of 50 to 125 member team? In other words from a governance perspective, it is better to deploy SAFe rather than scrum when your project team size is bigger.

Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Process Automation is a nobrainer. There are Developers & other personnel in the industry who fully understand and apply these concepts on a regular basis.

With the advent of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Process Automation the soft skills of the project manager have come to the fore and are more visible forthright.

Lastly the Project Managers are more and more prone to get regional, country and global projects where they need to understand the local as well as global laws in order to take decisions or put appropriate focus on a particular area of risk.

Key Takeaways

  • Ensure your team is trained on a wide set of frameworks
  • Ensure they have access to wide range of Project Management tools & Processes
  • A customized High Level training of Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Soft Skills training on Emotional Intelligence, Facilitation and Negotiation
  • Understanding of Laws, Regulations from trainings available internally

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