Project Management Twitter Chat?

Hi everybody! I recently came across a post by David Spinks over at @Mashable, where he talks about setting up a successful Twitter chat.

I thought it was a pretty nifty idea because it opens up so many possibilities. I wanted to join one so I dug around for anything related to project management, but couldn’t find one and went to bed disappointed. If you know of one, tweet me.

Anyway, I woke up this morning and thought, what the hell, why not set one up? It could be a great avenue to meet new people, make friends, and find out how our colleagues solve some of the problems we encounter regularly.

Possibilities:

  • bringing in experts from different project-related fields (i.e., senior managers, developers, designers, etc.) to get their perspectives on how projects should be run, and what processes they ideally follow
  • communicating effectively across different levels of a project (an ongoing problem for many, myself included)
  • leadership techniques (as many as there are styles of management, but we could get different people to discuss theirs)
  • methodology selection – why, when and how to choose
  • integrating lessons learned
  • stakeholder management (i.e., not putting voodoo dolls through the company shredder)
  • etc., etc. etc.

Issues:

  • Time zones: don’t worry about your geography. I’m happy to arrange multiple chats if necessary.
  • Twitter as a medium. It’s easy to thump a hand on the table when things are getting off track and drag the conversation back to topic. Twitter doesn’t strike me like that kind of vehicle so I’m interested in thoughts on running a Twitter chat as well if anyone’s done it before.

Sadly tumblr doesn’t allow me to set up comments (or at least I can’t find it) so just send me a tweet @PapercutPM, and tag it with #pmchat if you’re interested. I’ll use that hashtag to send out updates as well. Throw in any wants or worries too!

If it looks like it’s something folks want to do, I’ll totally start the ball rolling.

I’m going to tweet this 3-4 times today, and ask for it to be retweeted, so disregard it if you see it again later. 🙂

I’m a professor of project management at the college where I work. My students continually amaze me with their insights, passion and all-around awesomeness. I figure they deserve access to more answers than I can give them by myself. This site is for them.
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