>TIPAll work and no play
makes a dull project manager. So
go ahead and use that road-warrior
technology for some fun and games.
World of Warcraft, for instance, is insanely popular
among the IT crowd—and can even help hone business
skills, says Bruce McGraw, PMP, Cognitive Technologies, Austin, Texas, USA. “It
may be an online fantasy game, but you are using teamwork to fight off dragons.”
If swords and sorcery aren’t your thing, consider spending an evening
playing cards or another game with your team online. “It replaces the social
relationship with something interactive that’s not about the project,” he says.
more fleeting when they can’t make the
case in person.
“It can get frustrating at times,” says
John Middlemist, PMP, PgMP, program director at Procoplan Consulting
pty Ltd., Sydney, Australia. “When
establishing a remote office on the other
side of the world, I want the authority
to make a decision myself—especially
on hiring and firing.”
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Project managers undoubtedly have an
easier time hitting the road these days
with the dizzying array of technology
available. Still, there’s a risk in getting
bogged down in too many gadgets. In
fact, the only device most mobile project
managers need is one they probably
already have: a smartphone.
“The complex systems don’t apply so
well when you’re constantly on the go,”
says Chad Brokaw, senior project manager
at communications agency Waggener
Edstrom Worldwide, London, England.
“I use my phone not just as a communi-
cation device but as a reference tool that
carries an archive of correspondence and
Last fall, Mr. Brokaw was working
on a major website launch for Waggener
Edstrom while simultaneously relocat-
ing to the United Kingdom. All his
work was conducted from a laptop and
smartphone stationed atop the boxes in
his packed-up apartment. He says his
circumstances didn’t affect his ability to
manage the project, though.