Social climbing

Today's latest generation of Web-based technologies--podcasts, blogs, web 2.0--are redefining how people can acquire knowledge and communicate their experiences. This article discusses the current state of these technologies in relation to attaining project management maturity. In doing so, it examines how web 2.0 tools are helping project managers locate the knowledge they need to succeed. It describes how--and why--Web sites that provide virtual social-networking opportunities are helping project professionals expand their circle of globally located colleagues. It also looks at the disadvantages of relying on Internet-posted material as a primary source for acquiring new--and maturing existing--knowledge. It then identifies some of the pitfalls involved in--as well as some of the benefits derived from--using podcasts and social networking Web sites. Accompanying this article is a sidebar describing the advantages and the disadvantages of using blogs and wikis as project management tools.
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