Today’s project management leadership needs to adapt to the changing workforce

27 February 2012

In light of the Facebook’s recent IPO filing that confirms the maturation and societal changing reality of social networks, it is evident to me that we have crossed the chasm in which the way the current generation interacts with each other on both a personal and professional level.

Whether it is via Smart phones or a Tablet PCs, “virtual” interactions have become an integral part of sharing and delivering messages among different groups of people with similar interests.  Facebook and its 875,000,000 members is a testament of how the world’s diverse communities has evolved into a global network all connected through the worldwide web.  The internet has become more than just a place to access information.  For many, the internet has become a one stop shop to socialize, network, shop and conduct business.  It’s no wonder that Zuckerberg’s Facebook is projected to reach a valuation somewhere between $75-$100 billion making the 27 year old’s fortune hitting potentially $26 billion (plus or minus a billion!).

As it is clear that workforce habits are changing, the project management community must evolve as well when it comes to delivering successful projects to stakeholders.  Probably more than any other work group, information workers (in which project teams and practitioners fall within) heavily rely on their productivity and collaboration tools to successfully communicate, monitor and deliver project goals and activities.  Furthermore, the increase in the mobility and access of project information coupled with social media tools will result in more demanding project team members and stakeholders expecting more relevancy and transparency in the information they share.

In the final analysis, project success has gone beyond the discipline of tracking budgets, time and specifications.  Today successful project management environments require collaboration strategies that will differentiate them as leaders from those trying to keeping up with the evolving information worker

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