It’s everywhere. Technology is taking over.
For a long time, technology took a backseat, where it was used to study us, noting how and when we completed tasks and whether we’re effective.
Several industries already rely on AI technology. If you’ve ordered from the retail giant Amazon, a technology likely picked and transported your purchases. The music you select today is often AI-curated. Even the food you eat for lunch may one day be grown by robots.
Technology has permeated most industries, and we’re witnessing a surge in overall reliance on technology — in our personal, leisure and workspaces, including project management. In some instances, technology, in the form of AI, has even replaced employees.
That leaves a big question: can technology replace construction managers?
The morphing role of the construction manager
The short answer is “no.” Technology will not replace construction managers. However, it’s undoubtedly changing project management.
Intelligent machines currently gather big data and automate processes to free up time for critically essential tasks that technology can’t touchteam building, connecting with stakeholders, and empathy when making decisions.
Using technology for time-consuming daily tasks allows managers to spend less time crunching numbers and ticking boxes. They have more time to spend with their teams for guiding, mentoring and providing support.
How you can prepare to lead the change
Not everyone embraces technology right away. Those who do may find themselves far more effective in getting any projects managed and effectively completed. How can you be one of the more successful leaders? These three tips could set you apart from your colleagues:
- Identify project management software that’s right for your construction project and team needs.
Options like LiquidPlanner and Zoho Projects are industry favorites; your familiarity with tools like these can set you apart from those who don’t use them, especially when you make use of chatbots and status-trackers.
- Use technology for analysis.
Sifting through large quantities of data and projections is not only time-consuming but potentially risky. Technology can reduce the possibility of human error and perform calculations more quickly. AI is well-suited to analyzing trends, calculating risk, and making predictions.
- Sharpen your social and interpersonal skills.
Technology will give you time to focus on the soft skills necessary for leadership. Hone your emotional intelligence, develop your ability to relate to others and practice excellent communication skills.
Construction managers need not worry about technology taking away their jobs. AI improves your ability to do your job.
Learn to leverage technology, and you’ll discover that your skills are always in demand.