Social Media for Project Managers
Society in general has embraced social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and e-Harmony just to name a few. Often these social media gateways are the primary means of communication by their user to their specific audiences (friends, co-workers, potential loooooooooovvvvveeeee connections, etc.). But those of us monkeys in the middle working program/project management issues have yet to accept these social media tools in the workplace to make our professions more affective.
In her book “Social Media for Project Management,” Elizabeth Harrin does a great job describing what social media is and how it can play a role in program/project management. She highlights several different types of social media tools that project management teams can use and how to sell their use to management. Ms. Harrin highlights that ultimately it is the project manager who has to think out of the box and decide to use social media tools. A fact she mentioned that stuck with me is that social media is not just another communications channel, it is collaboration tool. It may be just a nuance but she presents an interesting angle to at look social media use in project management.
Overall a really good book introducing social media use for project management. For those of us involved in project management, the book may spur some thoughts on how to use some of these tools in our work teams. In fact, after reading this book my team decided to experiment with Twitter to try and better collaborate.
Social Media for Project Managers (2010). Harrin, Elizabeth. Newton Square, PA: Project Management Institute, 153 Pages.