Project Management 2.0
By asparks on Dec 02, 2008
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.
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.