In this video, Alison Coward from Bracket Projects talks about how she uses elements of social media and web technology to work with project teams.
We’re outside the British Library, in case you were wondering.
I spoke to Alison about her use of social media at Bracket, and there are more details about it in the case study of her work in my new book, Social Media for Project Managers.
For those of you who prefer reading, here’s the transcript of the video:
Bracket is a consultancy that helps freelancers, businesses and organisations benefit from creative collaboration through using social media so I do workshops and training, helping people to develop skills around project management, communication, team working and the use of online tools that can support project management as well and I do consultancy. I do hands-on project management for groups of people that are actively working together and manage online spaces for them to communicate and work throughout the idea as well.
Well, one of the projects that I’ve worked on recently is a group of artists that were setting up a work and retail space in Brixton as part of the Brixton Spacemakers programme. They offer artists empty retail units to develop and use as their workspace. So there were a group of artists who came together, independently, who usually work independently and they developed a new brand called Field. So we worked on developing the concept of Field, the brand, how the space would look and what Field would actually do. And we used Google Sites as a project management tool firstly to brainstorm ideas but also then to identify what actually needed to be done throughout the project and find a way of encouraging the team to check in together frequently because they all worked in different locations.
OK, I use it in various ways. The main thing is through helping them brainstorm ideas in an online space because a lot of people that I work with are actually independents and they work in different locations so they need an online space so they can communicate inbetween meetings. I use it for task management as well so to identify what needs to be done and who’s going to be doing it and ensure transparency so that everyone knows what’s going on and when things are going to be delivered.
The thing that I have found most about social media and the sort of project management tools, for example I use Google Sites is that it is not just about the tools. There needs to be an understanding of project management to use these tools effectively, which is why I focus on training and workshops around more effective communication, more effective team working the culture of kind of project management which is sharing and being open and constant communication as well.