One day your project management status updates might self-destruct. In this article, Jerry Giltenane explains why.
Of the 7.3 billion people on the planet, 31% or 2.3 billion people actively use social media to communicate, to share and to build a sense of community. In a parallel universe, some of the key drivers of project management are to communicate, to inform and to develop high performing teams. Given how popular and powerful social media has become, what will this mean for the way we manage projects?
Communication is considered to be the lifeblood of project management. The better the communication within a project, the better the outcome will be. Any tool that will help internal communication has to be seriously considered (here are some tips on how to choose tools), particularly in today’s workplace where virtual project teams, spread all over the globe, are common.
The Position Today…
Some organisations already have begun to use enterprise-grade social media, although these business-focused tools tend to be a little different to the tools that flourish in the wild.
For example, Yammer is deployed as a business-focused alternative to Facebook; various Instant Messaging tools such as Skype for Business take the place of WhatsApp and enterprise tools such as SocialCast are found in organisations as a replacement for micro-blogging tools such as Twitter.
The value of these social-media inspired tools is well known and this article does not intend to review those benefits in detail. Instead, I will reflect briefly on some key traits that will drive adoption of such tools within businesses and within project teams and I will highlight the important lessons we need to learn if we are to leverage the power of these tools to the potential.