Tom Barnett of Gantt Head has a nice article about the silliness of managing projects with tweets and IMs. I've been sitting in the conference room since the holiday break with my fellow PP&C colleagues, trying to get a large defense program in sufficient shape for the Critical Design Review.
Sitting in the room with us are Control Account Managers, principle engineers, and subject matter experts. Our Integrated Master Schedule is a couple 1,000 activities - not that big. But it was assembled in pieces and now has to come together in preparation of headed to "baseline."
Tom makes the wonderful point that is completely missed on the PM 2.0 folks if they are working in the agile environment
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
This concept is so ingrained in the agile world, and is now moving to the traditional world, why would we ever move backward and install "communication through a 128 character pipe, or a very narrow bandwidth of IM as the means to improve the probability of success for a project?
Sounds like a loosing proposition to me - sitting in our conference room and looking straight into the eyes of the CAM accountable for the software of our flying machine?
The answer may be:
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18." - Albert Einstein
The common sense that drives PM 2.0, has yet to be tested with people older than themselves - the gray beards of PM.