This posting will have some answers...but mostly it's about one question I have for YOU. Yes, I mean YOU. So I am going to want your responses here - in the form of comments.
I chose the cartoon character Richie Rich to represent the PM as the "New Kid on the Blog". I think the PM is a person who - almost by definition - is a change agent. PMs - again, almost by definition - are all about synthesizing and promoting data into knowledge and wisdom. So I see the PM as having a lot to offer. Blogs are all about sharing that knowledge and wisdom. So they're ringing that doorbell bearing gifts. I also thought that the imagery of Richie Rich 'knocking at the door' was symbolic of the opportunities that blogging provides project managers and the organizations in which they work.
PMI.org has an article on the business of blogging. Have a look: http://www.pmi.org/Pages/Blogging_for_Business_Results.aspx
Also, you can find some interesting findings and a presentation from Dennis McDonald on this blog posting.
I think of blogging as giving organizations the opportunity to do what I call real-time lessons learned. So I am hoping to encourage Project Managers to blog their projects. I realize that PMs are busy and cannot be bothered to keep an online diary of what happens on their project on a moment-by-moment basis.
So here is my question - or rather set of questions:
- Does your organization use blogs within the firewall to share project progress?
- How do you encourage the PMs to blog?
- What roadblocks have prevented blogging by PMs?
- How have you got those roadblocks "outta the way"?
- What are the results - how has this helped the blogger and your PM community?
Please help here, this is something in which I'm very interested and I am counting on the community of readers to provide some insight.
Thanks in advance for your comments. Yes, YOURS. Come on, now, you KNOW you want to do it...