I have found that when I talk about project management collaboration software, some people get scared when I say words like "social media," or "Facebook." I think for those people, social media is something only kids and "hooligans" use. They only see Facebook in reference to its bad stories - the scandalous photographs, employees getting fired for posting things about their boss. I always have to be careful about associating project management with Facebook.
In reality, project collaboration software that uses social media's concepts is one of the best ways for communication in the work place. It can replace memo boards, sticky notes, emails and even meetings (not all of them of course).
I'd like to note how this is actually changing the workplace. The term "project management" is starting to become obsolete, and people are asking the question, " What is project management today?" Unsatisfied with project management's reach into their business, people are turning more toward "work management" as a solution. Work management umbrellas everything from task to project to program. Note: I am not saying methodologies of project management are going obsolete, but rather, the methodologies are beginning to expand its reaches into work management. What is distinctly available in these new project / work management systems is actually brought on by the social features.
One project management industry leader, Ty Kiisel, is a major resource for this work management paradigm shift. This article, I think, touches on many of his same theories.
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