The People SIG ran a workshop on Friday 23rd March 2009 which explored the impact Web 2.0
has had, and will have on the Project Manager - what they do, how they do it and
what they are valued for. New Web 2.0 technologies are constantly appearing as
the Internet continues to evolve. What distinguishes them from previous
technologies is the high degree of participation they require to be effective.
Since a Project Manager is primarily focused on creating participation in
projects, it is important that they understand and know how to harness the power
of these technologies. The session was both enlightening and challenging. It was
facilitated by Andrew Wilcox of Cabre, an expert in Web 2.0. The workshop ran
from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the offices of Transport for
London. A number of interactive sessions were run to
explore the views of the attendees on the impact that these technologies will
have on the Project Manager.
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Chair of the APM People
After Thoughts from Andrew
On reflection perhaps the day was not really about Web 2.0 more like Web 1.5. However this
session was a good precursor to thinking about the more advanced tools which are now available to
create project dashboards in the style of iGoogle, the BBC and other Web 2.0 applications. I
remember that the most important screen in my chemical factory office 25 years ago was the one
which showed the state of all the chemical processes. No flow meant either a breakdown or an
opportunity to do some shutdown maintenance. These were the parts of the factory I visited first.
Have you got an effective dashboard for your portfolio of programmes, projects and tasks?