Free Web 2.0 Tools to Help Project Managers Douglas Tokuno, PMP® email@example.com
Project Managers, in addition to their soft skills and hard skills need good support tools to their daily work
But I’m not talking about this kind of project management tools
Even though you already have a PM suite, one of the mostdifficult challenges is choosing which support tools are thebest for getting all the job doneHere are some of the many online services you can use toimprove your business operations and team productivity.
BlogsTo improve communication, Project Managers can create ablog for each project or even a general blog for PMO. WordPress – http://www.wordpress.com Blogger – http://www.blogger.com
MessagingMessaging tools are another way to make an efficientcommunication with clients, suppliers or partners. It becomescritical when you work with virtual teams. Google Talk – http://www.google.com/talk Windows Messenger – http://messenger.live.com Skype – http://www.skype.com Twitter – http://www.twitter.com
Wiki is very useful to product and project documentation.The great benefit is the possibility of collaboration betweenteam members. Some solutions have many options offeatures and security. Pbwiki – http://pbwiki.com Wikispaces – http://www.wikispaces.com Wikidot – http://www.wikidot.com Wetpaint – http://www.wetpaint.comWiki
Social NetworkSocial networks are becoming more than a simple tool formaking friends. PM can create a network for projects andinvolve all the stakeholders. Ning – http://www.ning.com Wackall – http://wackwall.com
Mind MapsMind maps have been used by many PM to brainstorming,collaborative planning and even documentation. Mindmeister – http://www.mindmeister.com Mindomo – http://www.mindomo.com Mind42 – http://mind42.com
Personal OrganizationTo organize your daily tasks, one good tip is applying thepractices of GTD (wikipedia:Getting Things Done). There aremany tools to help PM prioritize, control and manage theexecution of his tasks or project’s tasks. Todoist – http://todoist.com Remember the Milk – http://www.rememberthemilk.com Ta-da Lists – http://www.tadalist.com
Google AppsGoogle provides many applications in a collaborative way toimprove your productivity. I also recommend take a look at itsLabs. Google Docs – http://docs.google.com Google Calendar – http://calendar.google.com Google Groups – http://groups.google.com Google Labs – http://labs.google.com
I don’t represent, sale or have any kind of commercialinterest in presenting these toolsIn most cases they are totally free or free withlimitationsIt’s just few options that you can use to improve yourproductivity
Some issues to consider#1 – Don’t forget about security and confidentiality of your projectswhen using any web based tool#2 – Research and make a trial before applying to your projects.Start with a small project#3 – Read and evaluate the terms and conditions before adopt anysolution
Conclusions This list is very short and limited. There are many other options and categories. Even though some services are paid, you can have a good TCO. Evaluate according to your projects. Almost every day, a new web 2.0 service is created. Research and find the best tool that fits to your need.