Age tools to try to launch the space
shuttle, it’s just not going to work.”
Her argument was convincing. The
project manager dictated that everyone
use the wiki. And they did.
Even if you manage to get team members tweeting and posting, you still may
have to contend with the deadly combo
of technophobic executives and IT
“That has the least amount of risk
and you’ll probably get quicker buy-in
from your execs,” says Mr. Endres.
He also predicts in the next three to 10
>“All the people I work with are not allowed to use Skype. It’s blocked at their corpora- tions because it’s considered an IT security risk. I tell them, ‘It’s a phone. Do you use phones at work? That’s a risk, too!’” —Kimberly Wiefling, Wiefling Consulting LLC, Redwood City, California, USA.
years, “you’re probably going to see more
apps that are built like Facebook and
Twitter for project management—whether
you’re going to log into a secure website or
you’re going to simply buy applications
and install them on your server.”
In the meantime, IT departments may
actually be risking more by not accom-
Often more interested in being safe
than sorry, executives are putting more
pressure than ever before on control-oriented IT managers to maintain
robust networks and security with
budgets that can’t keep pace with
Online social networks are considered trouble because of their decentralized nature and open flow of information, along with the extra bandwidth
demanded by a team filled with
If you’re going to be visiting these
types of sites, you have to assure management and information security staff
that you have protective measures in
place, says Mr. Endres.
On social networking sites, for
example, tailor your privacy settings to
only reveal your updates to colleagues.
One way to assuage skittish executives and IT managers is by easing into
social media within the confines of the
modating their project managers—some
of whom might use these tools whether or
not they have the official blessing of their
organization, says Ms. Wiefling.
“All the people I work with are not
allowed to use Skype,” she says. “It’s
blocked at their corporations because
it’s considered an IT security risk. I tell
them, ‘It’s a phone. Do you use phones
at work? That’s a risk, too!’”
She says employees often will just go
to a coffee shop on their breaks and
make their calls using Skype at a wire-
less hotspot. “Which is worse?” Ms.
Even with all the issues, organizations
and project managers that shun social
media could be losing out.
“If you’re ignoring it, your competi-
tors and customers are using it or look-
ing at ways to use it against you,” she
says. “It’s just self-defense to know
what’s going on out there.”
Then you can tweet the news to
your team. PM