When did a Plan stop being a Plan? Not Sure? Blame the iPhone!

14 March 2014
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I remember a simpler time when someone asked to use the telephone you knew it was to actually make a phone call.  Today, when you see kids begging their parents to use their “Phone” 99% of the time it’s to play video games.  In the last 7 years, the “Phone” has been redefined as an all purpose device ranging from communication via voice, text, SMS and email to browsing the web, taking photos/videos, listening to music and watching YouTube.  Today’s phone’s are mobile computers keeping you connected and entertained on the go.  Although smart phone technology has been available since the 1990s, it wasn’t until the affordable access to broadband and the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 that people’s expectation around connectivity had changed.

With this change came a mind shift in the expected capabilities of both personal and business applications. A ripple effect has taken place in which cloud computing has made major inroads in the enterprise software marketplace by providing more relevant solutions to the evolving ubiquitous nature and platform independent reality of today’s modern business environment.

Similarly, when today’s project managers build plans, much like the iPhone, they expect more from the plan then just providing time lines and task updates.  The plan has now become the hub of an intricate network of interconnected conversations, reports, documents and notifications that are shared across teams and stakeholders.  Planning tools have move beyond the traditional Gantt Chart sitting on your desktop.  Collaboration, sharing and instant access to these details have become a given.  That being said, the expectations of today’s plans need to be way more dynamic then ever and deliver the level of information project stakeholders are used to accessing in the lives and work outside of the project world.

Instant collaboration and sharing is no longer a luxury.  In fact, it’s an integral part of the information worker’s work day which in turn has impacted the way plans are conceived and delivered to this evolving workforce responsible for delivering the intended results.

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