Friday, September 30, 2016

11 twitter accounts you must follow if you are into project management

Medium: With close to 1.3 billion registered users, Twitter stands on top of the list when we talk about social media platforms. No matter who you are and whatever you do, you simply cannot ignore the fact that Twitter is place where you can find top influencers and industry leaders.

And, project management is no different. The biggest names and the smartest brains from the project management industry are part of the twitterati list. And, in this post I’m going to share the list of top 13 of those names you need to follow on Twitter if you are related to project management industry.

8 comments:

Jasmine Lesane said...

What is interesting about this article for me is all of the suggested twitter accounts that AREN'T project managers. I think the more I interact with project managers of different ages and with different companies I have begun to realize how much more the job is than being efficient and outputting maximum productivity. Because I have seem some production managers and project managers who are good on paper but bad at handling the team element to all projects. So the idea of getting advice from those outside your own field is very smart to me. The first one on the lists is a life coach and a consultant, and while I get it is not your PM’s job to coach you through your life, I think it is very important that you be able to have an hope trusting relationship with the PM, because they make so many crucial decisions about the entire season.

Kelly Simons said...

The only reason I clicked on this article was because of how similar it is to those click bait articles that always crop up on Facebook. These articles are slowly taking over all of Facebook. However, this article and the Twitter names listed do seems to be helpful. Since I’m becoming a TD I will be doing some project management sometime somewhere in my career. These twitters could potentially help me in the future if I took the time to read through them. It’s interesting that the first name listed is not a project manager but instead a life coach. Life coaches have most of the same skills that a good project manager should have, like interpersonal skills and the ability to catch and hold other’s attention. I maybe will look into getting a Twitter now, it kind of seems like a professional platform that could be useful for me in the future.

David Kelley said...

The interesting fact about this article for me is not who is on the list but rather the fake that Twitter can be a source for professional advice. This is not to say that it is impossible for Twitter to be useful in that regard, however I am highly skeptical of that fact. For how insightful and helpful can some one be in just 140 characters. Multiple people on the list have also written books regarding their perspective fields and I would be highly interested in investigating those books for useful advice. Again I would state that the idea of useful and focused advice coming from Twitter just seems suspect.

Emily Lawrence said...

I found this article interesting, because, as a potential lighting designer, I follow my favorite designers on social media accounts like twitter. I always am fascinated to hear what they have to say, and do appreciate that it is not always about lighting design. It helps remind me that there is a world beyond theatre and to keep my eyes open and alert. I love following them to hear what they have to say about design. I am always fascinated by peoples’ specific approaches and the way they look at things because it always seems so different from everyone else. I assume these accounts for project management would be useful because they offer different advice from people who have been successful in the business. I think it is important to be cautious of the people you follow, because sometimes they are fake accounts or simply don’t offer any advice, unless that is not what you are looking for. Social media can be useful a useful tool to understand what is going on in the industry you pursuing.

Emma Reichard said...

I really enjoy that entire industries are embracing social media as a tool. Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are often regarded as childish and frivolous. I’ve heard many a person complain about how people and companies waste their time using social media, that it serves no purpose. But if you look beyond the funny cat videos and bright blue logos, social media is actually an incredibly useful tool to relay information to thousands of people at once, as well as stimulate conversation. One tweet, restricted to 140 characters, can only give readers a small portion of a larger topic, but the platform allows the unique opportunity to give readers hundreds of headlines essentially, and allows them to choose which they want to research further. Places like Facebook allow the same, but with even greater detail. Social media also provides a platform for people to ask advice related to their industry, or create a dialogue based on trending issues. Social media is the next in the line of mass communication tools, and industries should treat it as such.

Marisa Rinchiuso said...

This was a great article to find. I love that a lot of these accounts are not actually project managers. I think a lot of what theatre is comes from repurposing other crafts. Because of that, I think insight from an outside mind can translate really well into a theatrical context. For example, The Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, which we read for PTM, had thing to do with theatre, but all to do with theatre. In addition this book, and many of these Twitter accounts provide insightful =, concrete statements. On Twitter it can be in the form of inspirational quotes, a nugget of wisdom or so on. It's a tangible phrase or image that sums up an idea or concept that resonates with us. In Astronaut's guide, I found my inspiration from his phrase "strive to be a zero". It allowed me to be able to concentrate my thoughts into a phrase that acts as a mantra. This is something I believe Twitter helps provide. Scrolling through the world can be unnerving so having a snip-its from inspirational and successful accounts can provide a world of motivation and hope on the daily scroll.

Drew Himmelrich said...

I was hoping for a little more explanation of what these project management accounts had to offer. Instead this article just gives a description of the person or company running the account. I went to look at a few of the accounts and while some of the tweets they produce are interesting, a lot of what they say are things you might think about for a few seconds but then forget. I may follow a few of these accounts and see if they affect my work ethic the few times I check twitter. But if I am checking twitter, that is a sure sign I am not being productive. Never the less, any advice is advice that is worth hearing, but it is up to listener to decide what to follow. With that in mind, these people, through twitter and certainly impact a lot of people with their advice, and being very experienced professionals, their advice is usually pretty good I would guess.

Jason Cohen said...

Of all the social networks I certainly feel that twitter is by far the most superior. Facebook I find to be too emotional and full of stuff that I am actually not interested in at all. Instagram is too artsy, and does not have enough information. Everything “disappears” after ten seconds with snapchat. Also, who even uses tumblr any more (besides hipsters)? With twitter you get everything in a hundred forty characters or less. Short, sweet, and to the point. If someone wants to go on about their personal feelings they will just tweet more and you can scroll over it. Twitter is in fact where I go to get my worldly news because it updates live and is so concise. I totally see how this is a great resource for getting project management tips and tricks, and I am looking forward to seeing what these accounts post.

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