Electronic project group meetings
taking advantage of technology
This article describes several electronic communication tools and suggests different ways that they can be taken advantage of by project managers. Asynchronous electronic communication includes e-mail and the Internet or 'information superhighway.' Real-time (synchronous) electronic communication includes Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS) or Groupware and enables groups to be conducted from different locations via a computer network. Several scenarios are described wherein electronic communication tools are used effectively in a project management setting. Among the benefits of electronic media are cost savings, a more flexible and convenient use of time, and the ability for teams to hold meetings even when physically separated. Such communications tools will not completely obviate the need for occasional face-to-face meetings.