Our society is well into the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) that connects not only our electronic communications devices, but also our vehicles, home appliances, etc., and allows them to collect and share information. These advancements in how we collaborate will undoubtable have a huge effect on how project management is done in the future. As a consequence of this, potential project management proficiency, locally, nationally or globally dispersed users are able to concurrently view and interact with the same updated project information immediately, including project schedules, threaded discussions, and other relevant documentation (Azzpolardi, n.d.).
Modern advanced telecommunications and cloud storage has given project managers, team members, and stakeholders the ability to work from all locations and on the move, keeping up with deadlines across company or organization divisions. These innovations can be a double-edge sword, as they have caused expectations to rise, and consequently project stakeholders now expect real-time, up-to-date status reports. Project managers who are unable to meet these expectations will have a difficult time keeping up and being competitive.
Thought it can be beneficial in all areas, effective use of technologies can be particularly effective in managing the workplan and monitoring the schedule and the budget providing a visual and possibly virtual assessment. These technologies facilitate quick review, edit, expediting scope change request, when required, resolving issues quickly and dissemination allowing all stakeholders to view project milestones, benchmarks, critical path and the amount of float or slack at whatever levels the project manager desires.
Prudent project managers should review their operations and consider whether they are effectively capitalizing on the full potential of the available technologies in an effort to maximize productivity save time and the clients’ money.
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Azzpolardi, S. (n.d.). The Evolution of Project Management. Retrieved from https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/evolution-of-project-management.php