Project managers in a whole range of sectors continue to delight in the IoT’s capacity for increasing the connectivity of systems, and in turn, the efficiency of processes. In keeping with this trend, Parth Mavani, in this article in ProjectTimes.com, takes a look at how the Internet of Things will shape the future of project management.
- Lesser Workload: IoT enabled devices are slated to reduce the workload of project managers – especially where gathering and organizing data is concerned. Now, instead of spending valuable time (sometimes days and even weeks) compiling data, systems connected via the IoT will provide steady updates from devices they are supposed to keep track of.
- All-Encompassing View in Real-Time: When the IoT is combined with other tech, it can enable project managers to coordinate the
various phasesof the project. As such, it affords managers greater visibility intospecific elements in each phase,and increases foresight. Besides this, it gives managers the ability to detect problem areas and glitches earlyon.
- More Accessible and Actionable Data: Since the IoT enables
faster datacollection, it makes projects truly agile. In addition, the system is alsoequipped to provide a steady stream of relevant updates from the relevantsystem to the appropriate team members. What’s more, the trends aremade visible accordingly, and the data is immediately actionable. As such, this negates the need to wait for a phase to be completed before insightsare gleaned, and therefore, timely action can be taken.
- Seamless Execution: As the IoT allows seamless and
quick connectionsbetween systems, this in turnenables faster and more accurate projectexecution. In addition, it also improves the speed and quality of communicationbetween team members, stakeholders andthe manager – this affordsbetter monitoring, collaboration and control. Evolution ofThe PM’s Role: Since IoT sensors are always active, the PM’s role shifts to preparing long-term plans for monitoring andmanagement of the project elements. Besides this, the PM will need to focuson the security of the IoT devices.
The applications of the IoT is almost endless, and it is here to stay. Given this, PMs across all relevant segments should re-examine their roles as well as the changing dynamics, as the IoT becomes more commonplace.
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