Using IBM Connections as a Project Management Tool - Series by Alan Hamilton
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I stumbled upon this gem today from our own Alan Hamilton, who details how to use IBM Connections as a project management tool. Having used Connections extensively in this manner, and having benefited from Alan's infinite wisdom on this subject personally, I wanted to cast a spotlight on this
It's broken into 7 parts and totally worth the time to read if you use IBM Connections. Here they are:
Setting up your project in Connections. Including the goals of the project, requirements, deliverables, measurements, resources and time scales. In this section, Alan defines his project's requirements.
Preparing a business justification and getting buy-in on the project. In this section, Alan shows how you can use IBM Connections to store important documents, and collaborate on them with your colleagues using IBM Docs.
Developing and implementing the project management plan. In this section, Alan describes the plan, and why you should use a Wiki in IBM Connections to house this kind of data.
Leading and motivating the project delivery team. In this section, Alan makes recommendations for chatting, scheduling meetings, tracking deliverables with Activities, and using Video meetings to connect with the team,
Managing risks. In this section, Alan walks us through how to handle changes in a project, identify risks, and mitigate those risks with the team using Ideation Blogs and graduating ideas into Activities so that the team can act.
Measuring progress against the plan. In this section, Alan talks about using Activities to break the project into logical phases and monitor where you are with all of the tasks in the project. He also discusses why you might break a large project with many moving parts into sub-projects using sub-communities.
Maintaining communication with the project team and stakeholders. In this final section, Alan details why it's important to maintain good communication, why reports are necessary, and provides a template for your report.