Collaboration Tools for Project Managers: How to Choose, Get Started, and Collaborate with Technology

  • 3h 28m
  • Elizabeth Harrin
  • Project Management Institute
  • 2016

Today’s project leaders face the challenge of managing projects effectively using tested and reliable methods while innovating with new methods to meet the demands of their global and technology-savvy team members and stakeholders.

Information travels faster than ever before. Project managers are called upon to produce relevant and up-to-date project information, increase productivity, and deliver results through top-notch communication tools.

Social media and online communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have rapidly changed our world outside of the workplace. These platforms and other tools such as wikis, instant messaging, and big data repositories offer exciting possibilities to improve project team collaboration and stakeholder communication in the workplace as well.

Since project managers rely on communication and effective team management skills, they need to keep up with the fast pace of change, technological trends, and the latest business drivers that help move organizations forward.

In Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, Elizabeth Harrin builds upon her 2010 book, Social Media for Project Managers, by providing the latest information, success stories, and an easy-to-follow guide to implementing online collaboration tools and helping to overcome obstacles.

In order to communicate faster, work virtually with people across the globe, and get better business results, project teams should explore how online collaboration tools can deliver project success and improve business value.

About the Author

ELIZABETH HARRIN, MA, FAPM, MBCS is director of Otobos Consultants Ltd., a project communications consultancy specializing in copywriting for project management firms. Ms. Harrin also works as a practicing project and program manager. She spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France) before moving into healthcare.

She is a PRINCE2, MSP, and P3O Practitioner, and holds the ITIL Foundation certificate. She is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). She holds degrees from The University of York and Roehampton University.

She is the author of three books about project management: Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World (which was a finalist in the Management Book of the Year Awards 2014), Social Media for Project Managers, and Customer-Centric Project Management. She has also produced several ebooks and an online course on project reporting.

She’s particularly interested in stakeholder engagement and team communications and offers coaching to mid-level project managers looking to improve their skills.

Ms. Harrin is the award-winning blogger behind A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, a specialist blog aimed at helping project managers communicate more effectively. She is widely published on project management topics and has contributed to numerous websites and magazines.

In this Book

  • Collaboration Tools for Project Managers─How to Choose, Get Started, and Collaborate with Technology
  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Why We Are Leaving Behind Old Working Practices
  • Online Collaboration: The New Normal
  • Collaboration Tools 101
  • Communication and the Project Management Life Cycle
  • Team Management and the Project Management Life Cycle
  • Strategy First
  • Is Your Team Ready to Work Online?
  • Winning Over Management
  • How to Choose and Use the Right Tools
  • Getting Started With Collaboration Tools: Using Wikis
  • Managing Online Culture Shock: Risk Mitigation Strategies for Collaborating Online
  • Keeping Your Project Data Secure
  • Building Personal Online Credibility
  • Conclusions: The Future of Work
  • Appendix
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Suggested Reading


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