Context is King!
‘the set of circumstances or
facts that surround a
particular event or situation’
The context, of social networks,
‘What matters to you!’
"Mindful use of digital media
means thinking about what
we are doing, cultivating an
ongoing inner inquiry into
how we want to spend our
Caution - Project Overload!
• As a project manager you need to keep in touch with
messages from clients, stakeholders, developers and
team members, arranging meetings, keeping up with
• This takes a lot of time, in fact you could say that this
makes up most of your job.
• There are emails to check and send, phone calls to
make, meetings to attend, information and reports
‘Information Overload’ OR ‘Data Smog’?
Hey humanity…Let’s All Grow Up!
Things to remember when using social media:
The tools are personal. They rely on individuals like you and me
finding a voice with others want to share.
The Internet, like the printing press, is part of the ongoing
process of humanity growing up. Who could have forecast
the shift in communications in the last 20 years?
Power is shifting from institutions and organisations to
networks and individuals.
Chaos need not be the only alternative to our current ways of
We need to grow up and take responsibility for our views and
their impact not leave being responsible to others.
A Learning Theory for The Digital Age
‘This implies a pedagogy that (a) seeks to describe
'successful' networks (as identified by their properties,
which I have characterized as diversity, autonomy,
openness, and connectivity) and (b) seeks to describe
the practices that lead to such networks, both in the
individual and in society (which I have characterized as
modelling and demonstration (on the part of a teacher)
and practice and reflection (on the part of a learner).’
Why not? Surely, we are ALL teachers and learners now!
Web-based project management system?
• How about taking a deep breath, forget about the pressure
and the race and take a moment to think about your project
• Imagine a world where you only receive a small percentage of
those emails that need reading in the morning.
• Imagine using a Web-based project management system!
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• Using such a system allows everyone to check the project
progress online, no matter where in the world they are, no
matter what time it is, and no matter whether they are senior
executives, or an individual with a small, but important, role
• With such a system in place team members could update
their progress online keeping the project plan up-to-date
Create a project blog?
• WordPress is so simple and free, SO consider
creating a project blog.
• Let’s look at an example: BetaKit
• Here you can publish your project development
• Is a very simple method of getting feedback from
team members, it allows collaborative
• Here you may be able to identify potential
problems early on and deal with them before
they get bigger.
• Team members could share their ideas and
Consider using Twitter, Google+ or other
• Team members can use it to report what they are working on real-time.
• You can allocate a project hash tag in Twitter to ask project specific
• Team members can share links to files they are working on.
• Google+ would be ideal for this as you can create circles for key
stakeholders, departments, senior management etc.
• You can share these circles with the appropriate people and then you can
send messages and with just the relevant circles, or you can make
announcements to all of your circles documents.
• It’s instant, it’s free and available to check whenever and wherever you
Organise better with TweetDeck: http://www.tweetdeck.com/
Consider creating a project wiki
• Avoid document
version confusion with
a project wiki.
• Your wiki can become
a universal reference
• Its advantages are that
it’s easily searchable,
editable, and available.
All your networks
connected and a single
access to your profile:
Social Media Directory:
Should you be worried
about your Klout
Some employers use it
to rate your social
Scores out of 100:
Mine is 42!
Lady GaGa is 93!
Social media encourages collaboration: 5 Whys!
1. The more your team collaborates and communicates the
fewer mistakes they will make, the more they will share
and understand project goals and objectives.
2. There will be much more of a sense of community even
when team members may not even be working on the
3. Team members will begin to recognise each other even if
they have never met in person.
4. Those who are experts in particular fields will stand out so
that other team members will know where to go to ask
5. As a project manager if you use these social and
collaborative tools you will also establish yourself clearly
as a project leader that your team members will respect.
Interfering with your REAL social life???
Then, you’ve got a problem!!!