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Back to the future project management

Imagine it's 1985. What would you have expected to see in terms of helps, capabilities and improvements by now in 2015.

Holographic meetings


All every participate will need is a chair and a room to have a meeting in - it can even be in your home (we could all be telecommuting by now, too) - and every participant will have every other participant sitting with them in the room via holographic images. Imagine the cost savings as there would be no need to travel for business any more, but the face-to-face interaction would still be happening. The only thing missing would be dinner and drinks with the client – which in "Las Vegas" may be a good thing considering the amount of trouble a client can (and does, from time to time) get into while they are here and under the influence.

Chief Project Officers


Every organization of any decent size with a project office or at least on-going significant projects that corporate depends on, should have C-level representation for the project management infrastructure. Lack of corporate sponsorship or buy-in has been a problem with most of the project management office's (PMO) that I've had the pleasure and frustration of being a part of, helping build or been in charge of. Why not have someone on the C-level of the organization championing the project management infrastructure? Need help with this concept in your organization? Give me a call.

An automated project portfolio dashboard


Think incoming and outgoing flights at the airport. We should have the ability in 2015 to automate a big dashboard display of all key project status performance indicators for everyone to see – especially the execs in the company. Lots of green-yellow-red indicators, a quick glance budget health view, a quick glance resource allocation issue view and a few high-level needs or wins on the project – something the execs can use quickly to talk to any client (current or future) about how we are performing on the projects that drive and make money for the organization. I realize that some project tools give that now, but more of project management, accounting, HR, and vendor management systems should be automated and tied together to make something like this happening in real-time.