Social Media For Project Managers – A Conversation with Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth Harrin shares insights on how social media can support and supplement existing project management techniques.

There’s a change happening in project management: social media tools are finding their way from branding and marketing to talent management and to the hub of companies and project teams. Elizabeth Harrin says that Project management methodologies are being challenged by the fact that those working on projects are using social media tools to communicate and collaborate, and the ways in which we work with colleagues and virtual teams have changed forever.

In this conversation, Elizabeth talks about how social media can support and supplement existing project management techniques.

Elizabeth Harrin is the author of the hugely popular book Social Media For Project Managers and Project Management In The Real World. She is also winner of Computer Weekly IT Professional Blogger of the Year for 2011, and a multiple award winner for her blog A Girl’s Guide to Project Management.

The Interview

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In this interview, we discuss the following questions:

  • How did you get interested in how social media tools can support and supplement existing project management techniques and why should project manager be interested in this topic?
  • You say that the old project management methodologies are being challenged by the fact that those working on projects are using social media tools to communicate and collaborate. Can you give us some examples of how organizations are integrating social media in their project management?
  • What are some of the misconceptions or pushback that you get when you talk to organizations about social media in the context of project management?
  • You also show project managers how to assess their organization’s readiness for adopting new tools. Why is it important to perform a readiness assessment and what are some of the benefits for project managers and organizations in general?
  • You will be presenting on this topic at Pink Elephant’s 16th Annual International IT Service Management Conference & Exhibition February 19th thru 22nd, 2012. What are the top questions you will be addressing in the presentation?
  • You will also present on conflict Management in the context of leading projects. Can you share with us some of the common mistakes that project managers make when handling conflict in their projects?
  • As a final note, can you share with us some of the key insights you will be exploring in your presentation on conflict management?

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About Pink Elephant’s IT Service Management Conference

Now in its 16th hugely successful year, this annual event is widely recognized as “the world’s best IT Service Management conference.”  The program is content rich and comprehensive – 15 tracks, 160+ sessions – covering a vast array of subjects from all across the ITSM spectrum. There is something for everyone – strategic, tactical, operational.

 

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