A spirited debate just took place about the significance that technology plays in our personal and professional lives. One side took the position that it is nearly impossible to go 24 hours without touching or being touched by technology. The opposing side believed it is not that bad yet but rapidly moving in that direction. Recasting that debate in the context of program and project management, has technology permeated our work to the point where it is now necessary for everyone working today needs a basic understanding of computer technology and cyber security?
What do you think?
Over the past few weeks this blog has covered six emerging technologies. This included 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence, Connected Vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, and Wearable Technology. Combined these technologies will make-up a substantial number of programs and projects in the near future. This will be a growing trend over the next several (3 to 5) years. It is important for program and project managers to be at least acquainted with these technologies given the role they will play in these initiatives. It is also important to remember that unlike our typical programs and projects, we do NOT have direct experience, metrics and measures for initiatives including these emerging technologies. That adds risk! We will be embarking on uncharted territories. ProjectManagement.com is an excellent place for all program and project managers to share their experiences and key leanings as each embarks on this new journey. I hope to continue this BLOG in an effort to help in the global collaborative effort that I believe is necessary for all PMs to reduce risks and fulfill the professional duties and responsibilities assigned to as managers of emerging technology enabled programs and projects. After all, they are delivering our future!