20 PM NETWORK MAY 2015 WWW.PMI.ORG
VOICES Project Toolkit
From the cloud to mobile devices, technology puts project
management at your fingertips. But with so many tech trends
to choose from, how do you pick the right tools for your
team? We asked project managers:
Which technologies have had
the most impact on your project
team and the industry?
is the top tech trend
impacting the future for project
managers. These ubiquitous en-
vironments are making seamless
workflow management possible.
For example, At Task, an online work management
software, already integrates with popular project
management products such as Microsoft SharePoint and
Outlook, Atlassian JIRA and ProofHQ. When everything
speaks the same language and happens in real time, you
have a game-changer in how teams collaborate.
Project managers need to keep up as software continues to evolve. Hiring managers, companies and clients
are increasingly expecting tech-savvy project managers.
For this reason, the ability to adapt and learn new systems and technologies quickly is a skill project managers
must master to succeed in the future.”
—Rachel Phillips, PMI-ACP, PMP, project manager and digital
sourcing & pricing, HackerAgency, Seattle, Washington, USA
Cloud computing and the security implications associated with it will alter the way IT
projects are managed. With data on the cloud,
there will always be vulnerabilities. As more and more
breaches occur, data owners will want more direct
control over the data than they currently have. The
actual, physical protection of data now falls almost
exclusively on the shoulders of the companies storing
the data, while legal responsibility for its protection
remains with the “owning” organization. We’re likely to
see additional leaps in securing data remotely.
The evolution of cloud computing, mobile
applications and social media is changing the
way teams interact and exchange informa-
tion. These tools help spread work throughout the day
because you can answer a question or share a document
at any time, anywhere.
My team uses some cloud-based project management products, but on some projects we create a
restricted Facebook group to interact with each other. It
lets us manage projects in different places and at different times without worrying about firewall policies.
In my opinion, project managers need to know technical processes in order to successfully lead a team. My
suggestion is to practice, practice, practice. Start with
the basics of a new technology and build your knowledge over time with new features. For example, I’m
currently experimenting with Arduino, an open-source
platform with user-friendly hardware and software, to
monitor sensors from an Internet of Things network. I
plan on leveraging this experience to help my team that
is working on similar technologies.”
—Francesco Bellifemine, PMP, project manager, Exprivia,
and evolves quickly, so
keeping up matters.
How do you stay
on top of the latest
trends? Share your
tips on the PMI Project,
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