Social Media & Project
Management
Context is King!
Context:
‘the set of circumstances or
facts that surround a
particular event or situation’
The context, o...
Caution - Project Overload!
• As a project manager you need to keep in touch with
messages from clients, stakeholders, dev...
Hey humanity…Let’s All Grow Up!
Things to remember when using social media:
The tools are personal. They rely on individua...
Connectivism:
A Learning Theory for The Digital Age
‘This implies a pedagogy that (a) seeks to describe
'successful' netwo...
Now, let’s see what’s available…
Web-based project management system?
• How about taking a deep breath, forget about the pressure
and the race and take a m...
Create a project blog?
• WordPress is so simple and free, SO consider
creating a project blog.
• Let’s look at an example:...
Consider using Twitter, Google+ or other
microblogging systems
• Team members can use it to report what they are working o...
Consider creating a project wiki
• Avoid document
version confusion with
a project wiki.
• Your wiki can become
a universa...
Blackboard Collaborate
Demo:
http://www.brainshark
.com/blackboardinc/
vu?
pi=zGDzYO2yDz35Sgz
0
XeeMe
All your networks
connected and a single
access to your profile:
http://xeeme.com/_/syste
m/apps/XeeMe/Xeeport
.cfm?...
Klout
Should you be worried
about your Klout
Score?
Some employers use it
to rate your social
network influence!
Scores ou...
Social media encourages collaboration: 5 Whys!
1. The more your team collaborates and communicates the
fewer mistakes they...
Interfering with your REAL social life???
Then, you’ve got a problem!!!
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Using social media tools to manage projects. An introduction to the range and variation of potential platforms.

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  1. 1. Social Media & Project Management
  2. 2. Context is King! Context: ‘the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event or situation’ The context, of social networks, is: ‘What matters to you!’ Howard Rheingold: "Mindful use of digital media means thinking about what we are doing, cultivating an ongoing inner inquiry into how we want to spend our time.”
  3. 3. 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 project updates. • 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 to chase. ‘Information Overload’ OR ‘Data Smog’?
  4. 4. 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 controlling society. We need to grow up and take responsibility for our views and their impact not leave being responsible to others.
  5. 5. Connectivism: 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).’ Stephen Downes Why not? Surely, we are ALL teachers and learners now!
  6. 6. Now, let’s see what’s available…
  7. 7. 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 routine differently. • 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! • http://www.prince2training-uk.org/project-management-apps-goo Go to> Mavenlink Video • 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 to play. • With such a system in place team members could update their progress online keeping the project plan up-to-date instantaneuously.
  8. 8. 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 vision. • Is a very simple method of getting feedback from team members, it allows collaborative discussions. • 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 project-relevant thoughts.
  9. 9. Consider using Twitter, Google+ or other microblogging systems • 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 questions. • 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 may be. Organise better with TweetDeck: http://www.tweetdeck.com/
  10. 10. Consider creating a project wiki • Avoid document version confusion with a project wiki. • Your wiki can become a universal reference resource. • Its advantages are that it’s easily searchable, editable, and available.
  11. 11. Blackboard Collaborate Demo: http://www.brainshark .com/blackboardinc/ vu? pi=zGDzYO2yDz35Sgz 0
  12. 12. XeeMe All your networks connected and a single access to your profile: http://xeeme.com/_/syste m/apps/XeeMe/Xeeport .cfm?LC=1 Social Media Directory: http://xeeme.com/_/Syste m/AppsPub/SMDir/inde x.cfm
  13. 13. Klout Should you be worried about your Klout Score? Some employers use it to rate your social network influence! Scores out of 100: Mine is 42! Lady GaGa is 93! www.klout.com
  14. 14. 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 same continent. 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 advice. 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.
  15. 15. Interfering with your REAL social life??? Then, you’ve got a problem!!!

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