THE 5 LAWS OF SOCIAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- The social project management movement is attempting to improve classic project management to make projects more efficient, more effective, and more fun for employees. These 5 Laws illustrate how:
Collaboration and projects are inseparable
- Projects are the way organizations get things done. A project embodies goals, objectives, deliverables, resources, plans, promises, and purpose.
- 28 hours per week knowledge workers spend writing emails, searching for information and collaboration internally.
Every participant must benefit from participating
- "What's in it for me?" must be answerable for every member of the team to achieve real engagement with the process and tools. Social Project Management allows for more flexible work schedules and distributed
- Benefits include: 1) $11.000 typical business savings per person/year; 2) $2-7.000 typical employee savings per year.
Transparency must be maximized
- You hired smart people, don't overly narrow their focus by limiting their possibilities to communicate and connect ideas. People want to be connected.
- $900 billion - $1.3 trillion: Annual value that could be unlocked by social technologies in 4 sectors.
- 20-25% possible improvement in knowledge worker productivity thanks to today's social technologies.
Autonomy must be maximized:
- Put as much ownership of data, estimates, and control as possible into team members' hands. Trust people to make smart contributions, but keep a public audit trail for accountability.
- 2x potential value for better enterprise communication and collaboration compared with other social technology benefits.
Estimating and scheduling must be realistic:
- Any realistic requires dealing with the realities of uncertainty, balancing workloads, and making justifiable promises, thus requires a good real-time scheduling engine.