Social Project Management Key Concepts and Advantages over Traditional Project Management

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Social Project Management
Key Concepts and Advantages over Traditional Project Management

Tochukwu C. Anwasi
300722948
Elizabeth Clarke
Business Presentations
PMGT 733
April 4th, 2013

Executive Summary

Because of a continued shift towards distributed virtual teams, Social Project Management (SPM) is increasingly becoming an option for consideration for project teams seeking to effectively exploit their communication resources in order to optimize their performance. Project managers are constantly seeking for the better techniques for managing their teams whilst maintaining the strict principles which guide the project management (PM) discipline. This report attempts to provide insights into the concept and philosophy of SPM, with the aim of safely guiding project managers through considering its benefits to project execution. Traditional project management presents considerable constraints to some project management teams. In response to these constraints, project teams are gradually turning to other alternatives in an effort to harmonize communication and collaboration. However, key features and advantages of these alternatives are not fully explained to help project managers embrace an excellent technique. This report explores the concept and philosophy of SPM, distinguishes it from TPM while highlighting its benefits over the later, in a bid to encourage its implementation by professionals. The SPM approach will work in most environments where the TPM approach does not totally succeed. . The orthodox tools and techniques employed by TPM for project management , creates some significant limitations to seamless project delivery and success. Also, based on its compliance with PMBOK foundational standards -which have been proven over several decades- SPM has the ultimate advantage over TPM because it offers a rather contemporary solution using some of the best time-tested approaches of management, thus yielding more project success.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Social Project Management1
Concept and Philosophy1
History and Influence of Information Technology 2
Fallout of New Project Management Theories2
Communigram-NET3
Social Versus Traditional Project Management3
Compliance with PMBOK3
The Triple Constraints3
Differences in Communication Styles4
Differences in Speed and Leadership styles4
Online Collaborative Toolsets (OCTs) in Social Project Management Environments (SPMEs)5
Overview of SPM OCTs5
Features and Benefits of OCTs5
Projectplace5
Recommendations6
Conclusion7
References8
Appendices10
Appendix One - Table 1: Comparing TPM and SPM Paradigms10
Appendix Two- Planning and Executing with OCT (Projectplace)11
Appendix Three- Organizational Overview with Projectplace OCT12

Introduction: Social Project Management:
Key Concepts, Philosophies and Advantages over Traditional Project Management

Against the backdrop of a continued shift towards distributed virtual teams and globalization, social project management (SPM) as a modern, social-media inspired non-traditional way of undertaking projects is increasingly becoming an option for consideration. Project managers are constantly seeking for the best techniques to manage distributed virtual teams. They also do not want to compromise their oversight roles with any chosen technique. PMBOK defines traditional project management as ‘’a set of techniques and tools that can be applied to an activity that seeks an end product, outcomes, or a service’’(PMI, 2008).

TPM presents some considerable challenges to distributed virtual teams; in response to these challenges project teams are gradually turning to online alternatives in an effort to harmonize communication and collaboration. However, key features and advantages of...
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