5 responses to “Project Management 2.0: Catalyzing Changes in Project Management”

  1. aravindhan

    Am not sure if I agree with your contention that data gets irretrevably buried in email (or at least to the extent of being very time consuming to corelate)
    microsoft project has a good integration with outlook clients and can push tasks and completion status around with good efficiency

    I agree with the overall idea though. It should be definitely more effecient to see free form collaboration between the various stake holders and project teams. Usage of tools like forums, wikis alongside pure project tracking tools should improve success rates of projects even better.
    To summarize what I feel we miss today is one central place that stores the plan along with status along with project execution srtifacts along with discussions that support execution rather than a tool that merely democratizes task breakdown and tracking

  2. Andrew Filev

    Thank you for the great comment. I fully support your point on the central place and on the fact that project management tools should focus on execution.

    Though, I’m not sure about your confidence in Microsoft Project, so I couldn’t stop myself from commenting back. The file based version of MS Project has no support of email or collaboration. The server version it doesn’t create or update tasks based on email conversations, so it does nothing to prevent burying of data in email.

    Every tool has its own means. MS Project is a great tool for PMOs, but it is not good for the rest of us. Here’s the litmus test: ask a marketing manager in your company, if/when he or she used MS Project the last time and when he or she used email the last time. This simple test is unanimously supported by the vast difference in adoption of MS Outlook and MS Project through “the rest of us”.

    Project Management 2.0 relies heavily on the power of many. Miss one member of 10 people team, who don’t want to open or learn a complex traditional project management tool, and the tool won’t keep your team on the same page. Miss three and you miss the crucial information out of process. So the tools have to be simple and ubiquitous. In the 2.0 context, it’s better to have stripped down wiki used by the whole team, than have a complex scheduling software used by one person.

    Cheers,
    Andrew

  3. dannielo

    If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version and iCal are available too.

  4. Andrew Filev

    I haven’t tried this one, but most of the tools that have “GTD” in their name lack collaboration, so they are not the best supporters to Project Management 2.0.
    Thay’re better than paper and pen for managing personal ToDo, but they do not leverage collective intellegence. Collective intelligence is the power that stands behind “2.0”.

  5. Proworkflow

    I have been working in a virtual office since I started having children (6 years now). Skype has been an excellent tool for me to communicate with my coworkers. I have worked with quite a few people that I have never met but just spoken to with Skype. I find I can be much more efficient and there is no travel time. The flexible working hours are fantastic…especially with children.