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- It’s fashionable to declare one’s fed up with the whole Everything 2.0 phenomenon
- It’s also fashionable to then go on and declare yet-another 2.0 term
The little disclaimer out of the way, I am going to talk about Project Management 2.0 . Let me quickly state that I don’t really know what the consensus definition of PM 2.0 is, I just had a lot of personal experience in what’s wrong with 1.0.
In the 90’s I worked on a number of fairly large scale SAP Projects in a variety of roles, including Project Manager, and supervisor of several other projects. The standard tool was Microsoft Project. It was used for:
- Planning a Project (initial Scoping)
- Selling it
- Periodic reporting to Steering Committee during the actual projects
What’s missing from the above? Well, how about using it to help the actual daily work of project team members?
Project team members did not even have access to MS Project, it only existed in a few copies on the PM and Team Lead’s computers. Information-flow was one-way: feed the beast to be able to occasionally print charts that look impressive (scary) enough that Steering Committee members won’t question it.
Ok, I am admittedly sarcastic, but the point is: PM 1.0 was all about planning, reporting and it served Management but did not help actual Project Execution.
My expectation of PM 2.0 would be that it helps all team members involved who can share information, collaborate on it and actually get clues from the system on where they are, where they should be, what their next step is, instead of just feeding the beast.
At the recent Office 2.0 Conference I moderated a panel where several Project Management luminaries discussed these issues:
- Andrew Filev (Wrike)
- Bruce Henry (LiquidPlanner)
- Mark Mader (Smartsheet)
- Guy Shani (Clarizen)
- Dean Carlson (Viewpath)
We are going to continue this discussion here @CloudAve. I’ve invited some of the speakers from the Panel – next one in our PM theme is Andrew Filev, CEO of Wrike, who will discuss his views of PM 2.0 in a few days.
Finally, talk is cheap – let’s see products. We will cover several On-Demand Project Management systems here. The reviews will lead into a new type of collaborative experience – more on it later.
In the meantime if you are a project management aficionado, you’re comments are always welcome – even better, contact me if you’d like to write a guest post @CloudAve.