By: Karen Allen
Project management has changed dramatically over the last 3-5 years. Schedules, meetings and task management are still critical factors to success. The ability to utilize technology based tools and to understand the technology behind project development, however, is now a key function of the project manager.
Controlling the flow of information, tasks and resources are the trifecta of skills needed for basic project management. However, in the digital age, it is not enough to simply manage. Technical acumen and a working knowledge of all aspects of the project are required. With the rise of Internet technology and the decentralization of the workplace, I find that understanding the technology is crucial to navigating a project or avoiding common pitfalls and obstacles.
Even more important, is that a greater technical knowledge base will allow the digital project manager to pitch in with deliverables that require software like Articulate or Camtasia. Understanding and communicating limitations when beginning a project will help the client to understand the output and ensure a higher degree of customer satisfaction.
As a project manager involved with eLearn programs, I will often do testing within LMS environments such as SABA. Being able to make small edits while testing is more efficient than waiting for the developers do the same thing. Another very important task is document version control. Utilizing cloud-based servers allows us to synchronize the most recent files and share them among the team and the client without delay. It’s also a great way to share large files with a simple link.
The Digital Project Manager is now the new order in project management and I find it to be a much more interesting role than that of the Project Manager of yesterday.