Project Management 2.0

I had a lively discussion last week with colleague David Christopher about things 2.0.  Like Web2.0, Enterprise2.0 Project Management2.0, and innovation in Oracle. All that stuff.

David is part of a diverse international team evangelizing these 2.0 technologies and thought models within Oracle and it was very enlightening to see his vision of the future.

We got to talking about PM2.0 and he showed me some mocked up concepts for a Social Project Office. In many respects it presented a lot of features common to many web-based project (portfolio) management tools. BUT…it had some very intriguing crossovers from the Web2.0 world.

You could sign up and follow projects that you are fan of (though not necessarily a participant) by tagging them. In fact the registration/network/group process looked very much like an extended project team diagram (but including “friends and family” and other interested parties).

It also raises the concept of voluntary participation or contribution to projects. Open Source/Wikinomics thinking applied to projects! Hmmm, still haven’t got my head around this one.

But imagine it for a minute. One key issue in staffing projects is that you usually get the people who are available, rather than those who are best for the job. Sometimes these two things collide and you get lucky, but not always.

Voluntary contribution may help address this issues by creating an access path to the right people, not just the people assigned to the team.

The trick is to find and attract the right people (and how do you know who they are up front?).

Even if you attract a wide group of fans and supporters for your project how do you keep it all manageable? Such a group could certainly surface critical issues earlier, but also solve them earlier if you can get the attention of the people who really know.

More on this later…

Some references for further reading.

Andrew Filev writes about this further over at his blog that includes PM2.0 topics.

Bas over at Project Shrink also interviews Andrew on this subject.


Yes, that what we call the success of web2.0…now we can earn lot more money using this platform…this new technique of marketing…


More power using web2.0..

Paul Anthony
MIS Analyst

[AS: OK but how does this comment relate to project management 2.0? I will publish this one, though it tastes a bit like spam]

Posted by Trader Bill Online on December 03, 2008 at 10:22 PM CET #

Reading your blog especially around voluntary participation is an interesting thought. Linked to the getting the available people vs the best people for the job, it might give other people (the once that you do not get for the job) an easier way to stay in touch with the project. By allowing wiki’s to those people they can more easily then in current PM, provide their input.

Still the managabillity of this voluntary group is one where I also do not have my head around yet.

However looking at today's way of getting people into your Project, you (or your customer) know mostly the right people (those are the ones that are busy and cannot be missed for the project), so identifying the most knowledgeable people must be possible, now they can have an easier way to deliver the4ir knowledge without being fully dragged into the project.

One other advantage I believe is that providing this tool (for starters inside the (customers) company), would be that using the formula Effectiveness = Quality * Acceptance, PM2.0 can help to raise the A part of this formula and will drive the Project to better success.

Marc Voss
Independent Program / Change Manager

Posted by marc voss on December 19, 2008 at 12:29 AM CET #

I definitely think that the whole point of PM 2.0 is collaboration and sharing information. It's related to Web 2.0 right? Social networking and online project management tools. It has already changed the way we conduct business!

Posted by Project Management Templates on September 03, 2009 at 03:51 AM CEST #

Project_management_20.. Not so bad :)

Posted by on April 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM CEST #

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