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May242007

Are You Using a Blog to Support Project Management?

By Dennis D. McDonald

I am looking for people to interview about their experiences and views on using a blog to support project management within a corporate or other organizational setting. I am particularly interested in learning about issues such as corporate acceptance or resistance, interaction with the IT department, the relationship of the blog to other project management and content management tools, and the types of outcomes that have been experienced (e.g., has using the blog had any impacts on project duration, staff involvement, or quality?)

If you are interested in particiapting, please email me at ddmcd@yahoo.com and let me know when I can contact you. Thanks!

- Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D.

Topic Guide Outline for Project Blog Survey

 

Here are some sample questions: 

  1. Interviewee name, brief organization description, brief job description.
  2. Is interview confidential (yes/no).
  3. Email to send interview writeup to.
  4. Description of project(s) supported by blog (size, duration, business area, technology involvement, etc.)
  5. Blog architecture (software/vendor, inhouse vs remotely hosted).
  6. How blog is used to support the project.
  7. How blog relates to other project management tools.
  8. Role of IT (if any) in setting up or operating blog.
  9. What impacts has use of blog had on the project?
  10. What are differences between users and non-users?
  11. Do you view this use of the blog as a success? why/why not?
  12. Lessons learned/things to do differently next time.
  13. Any other comments or suggestions?

Interview  Notes

 

Click here to see selected notes from the interviews conducted so far.


Mindmap of Project Management Concepts

 

Here is an embedded view of a top level outline of major interview concepts; use your pointer to grab and move the graphic around:

 

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Reader Comments (6)

The only possible use for a blog in this context would be to manage upwards - to provide some reporting to management. In that sense, it is not really helping to manage the project, but rather to report on progress in a very informal way. It may provide a warm fuzzy feeling to management, but it is too informal to be of actual use in managing the project.
June 9, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Campbell
Steve: read my interview notes with Fox for an example of a blog being used for other communication besides upwards to management..
June 9, 2007 | Registered CommenterDennis D. McDonald
Our team launched a new collaborative web-based mind mapping tool called Comapping. It is worth checking it out at <a href="http://comapping.com">comapping.com</a>.
June 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteromar
Jack Vinson has been kind enough to post a link to this survey on his own blog, "Knowledge Jolt With Jack":

http://blog.jackvinson.com/archives/2007/06/18/survey_of_blogging_for_projects.html

June 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDennis McDonald
I am extremely interested in this from two perspectives - one from my 'day job' in which I am the Senior Manager responsible for about 2100 PMs development framework and contribute to the methodologies and tools, and the other from my teaching/consulting 'evening jobs'.

Have a look at my blog - http://scopecrepe.blogspot.com , and I would be glad to talk to you about the experiment I am starting at our company by placing the first blog on our corporate site.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRich Maltzman
It includes complete set of features for web-based creation, editing, viewing, discussing, versioning, secured sharing and publishing of project plans.

If you need a tool to manage your software development projects,
I can reccommend

http://www.ganttzilla.com
It’s free!
March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPiter

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