Tech trek

Efficient, predictable and consistent processes are the lifeblood of project management--and the very sorts of well-oiled systems that game changing technologies tend to rattle. So when project managers hear about breakthrough tech--advanced robotics, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, 3-D printing, mobile-facilitated modes of communication, or new energy storage devices--their gears start turning. They evaluate each technology not only in terms of its potential impact, but also for the difficulty and cost of implementation, and the effort on processes already in place. This article discusses how and when project managers should incorporate emerging technologies. It details the benefits and disadvantages of early adoption and a wait-and-see approach and overviews a classic example of early adoption: Apple Inc.'s 2007 project to develop the iPhone. The article then describes how rapid prototyping helps project managers address indifference from their sponsors. It allows project teams to work quickly to outl
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