Why Twitter is a great resource for project managers ?
I have been on twitter for the last 2 weeks.
After a friend of mine said to me, that twitter is a great resource and great articles and pearls are referred to, I started to create an account, loaded the great ‘Tweetie 2’ Application onto my iPhone and gave it a go. I looked for public known PMs within twitter, like the ‘pmstudent‘ or ‘CorneliusFicht‘ aka Cornelius Fichtner and started to build my ‘network’ on Twitter. I started following Project Managers and accounts from Companies. During that time Twitter announced the ‘list’ feature, where you are able to categorize Twitter accounts into lists so that you can build areas of interests. So it started to set-up a list which follows great individuals around project management (you can see it on the right side in my blog; an example for the real time web, where all new tweets are published at the very second they are visible on twitter).
So after two weeks I almost posted 200 tweets, more or less in the area of project management, and I do have around 80 followers. I guess most of the followers are not organic, they follow me because of specific key words I have used in my tweets. Those guys are following a couple of thousand accounts or even more, and I am not sure how you can follow more than appr. 200 people. I would call that information overload.
But the best part are the tweets that I am seeing every day (I check them while I am on the train in the morning and in the evening while going to work and back home; wondering sometimes how I get there as I am fully focused on my iPhone :-) )
Out of all these tweets I am getting I do tag the ones as favourites that are focusing on my key areas of interest like ‘pearls in project management‘, ‘social media and project management‘, ‘How to use agile approaches in your projects‘ and other special topics.
As I have written 2 books in the recent past and another one due to be published in December this year, the next book has been planned and kicked off already which will focus on revolutions in project management, twitter has become a key resource for me. Just look at the fantastic pearls I have identified in the various fields over the last two weeks (abstract) thanks to all the great people I am following.
Perls in Project Management:
- theplanis : New article: Disaster projects and how to recover them: http://bit.ly/7UAJWF
- projekt_log : Super Artikel über Festpreisprojekte und Scrum: http://bit.ly/8cqOOQ
- commsabilities : PMs: practical advice on how to turn projects round using communications http://cli.gs/2QRPj
- pmstudent :What to Include in Your Project Kickoff Presentation: http://bit.ly/8JWncM #PMOT
Social Media and Project Management:
- JoachimNiemeier : 12 Adoption Strategies for Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 – http://bit.ly/8HwJgH
- shim_marom : “Social Media in the work place | quantmleap” ( http://bit.ly/7GY0Pi )
- tweetmeme : 10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010 http://bit.ly/7vKnms
- zcope : Turning #Storyboards into #Agile #Requirements http://bit.ly/5lYDtp
- thepmp : Presentation: Principles and Practices of Lean-Agile Software Development http://bit.ly/4th6kj
- garmahis : The waterfall trap for “agile” projects http://bit.ly/4JlTwi
- garmahis : Nine Awesome iPhone Apps for Business – ReadWriteEnterprise http://bit.ly/4pUwa2
- chaoskind : Betrachte nicht müßig den Steinhaufen, sondern frage dich, wen du damit bewerfen kannst. (Persisches Sprichwort)
- PhilipGDavis : Tips For Attractive Book Covers http://bit.ly/8egDWJ
Twitter is wonderful and I am looking forward to receive more perls and to contribute to the #pmot network. Thanks to everybody out there.by