When founded 15 years ago, we at Projectplace had a mission: to empower work teams through technology.
Today, people are using a variety of devices across multiple platforms to collaborate, communicate and create. Social sharing and instant access of just about anything is incorporated into daily life, be it at the workplace or at home. Does this mean that we’re at the end of the road as regards the impact of cloud technology on collaboration? We don’t think so, and this is why.
- Technology continues to shape us, transform work organisations and our approaches to management. Our ability to communicate, share information, create and sustain human relations is increasing. A mind-blowing journey from Gutenberg and Morse to 4G, tablets and ‘like’ buttons. At the same time, new research shows that people are super collaborators. Organisational theory and management best practice adapt to these insights. It’s a self-reinforcing movement and we will continue to adapt our behaviour to match the possibilities of technology.
- The revolution of nonlinear management. The principles of Lean and Agile are now being implemented in many different sectors and organizations. The empowered, learning team is the core. Involve customers and stakeholders in the project; do not wait until it is finished. The people doing the work should be the ones planning it. Schedule projects to stable high performance teams, instead of merely appointing people to projects. Be prepared that your colleagues and customers might approach you with new ways of working in 2014.
- Visual management tools. Static Gantt charts are out, live interactive kanban boards boards are in for 2014. To put it a bit drastically, highly collaborative visual tools allow us to transform our all too often threatening workload into an actionable, context-sensitive flow. Managers and stakeholders get full insight without hassle and teams can perform tasks while inside the planner tool. Projectplace’s unique conversation feature on the kanban cards is one example of this in action.
- Like it! Social Technology shapes behaviour and enables control through transparency. Online conversations in chat rooms and forums, links and documents sharing or ‘like’ button-clicks stimulate collaboration between team members by immediate feedback, which reinforces efficient project behaviour. Technology drives pluralistic networks across organizational, geographical and cultural boundaries. It’s social and therefore more engaging, and also effective. Online collaboration will simply continue to grow.
So, what’s the downside? It takes guts to empower. This development puts pressure on many teams and project managers. Not all organisations are ready and it can be tough to manage the crossroads between linear and nonlinear demands and expectations.
The good news is that all the tools needed to progress are available to stay ahead. Projectplace’s initial mission is as valid as ever, as our virtual project collaboration space is geared with the social technology of your choice. From kanban boards to team conversations, document sharing or creating a collaborative Gantt chart; all are fully integrated and social.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a remarkable 2014.
/Your friends at Projectplace
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