Today’s blog starts with a textbook definition:
“Task management is the procedure of taking a piece of work through its lifecycle from planning, tracking, and testing to reporting on the result. It consists of managing every aspect of a task, from its priority and status to the people involved, time spent, and financial resources required. Task management techniques, tools, and methods offer you and your team a comprehensive and real-time view of the moving parts of a project. It helps teams stay on schedule and be productive.”
Not much to argue with here, and nothing earth shaking about how to use tasks to manage project work. The definition has been around in one form or another since the 1960s.
On the human side of things, here’s a perspective on the types of project managers from an article on the website Project Management:
“Within project management there are two main types of personalities: relationship oriented and task oriented. It is easy to tell the two apart. Aside from having a detailed project schedule, the task oriented manager has a separate list of things they need to accomplish today and they feel great when all of them are checked off. The relationship oriented manager’s schedule is really a guideline and they are more likely to have a list of people to call today.”
With OpusView, we believe empowering a hybrid manager approach is the optimum way to get the best results possible. A hybrid manager employs the rigor of the task oriented approach combined with the human interaction side of working together.
OpusView’s task management functions provide the rigor of clearly defined and structured work plus the human aspects of the ‘social contract’. In fact, the social contract is actually a 2-way relationship construct i.e. between the task manager and team worker(s).
Within OpusView, examples of social contracts include a virtual handshake agreement to deliver specific work on time, or to take part in a group task activity. When teams are involved, there may be a social contract in place with the project manager to recognize the team’s work and to reward their results and behavior.
OpusView helps to harness the power of social behaviors and fairer work patterns in the workplace. Teams are formed by leveraging skills profiling, using social boards that publicize project work opportunities, and viewing workloads to ensure participants are not over committed.
Within OpusView, success is driven through purposeful social collaboration, utilizing personal work plans, wikis, blogs, reviews, discussions, and surveys. Here, crowd working efforts are a key factor in delivering high quality outcomes and learning.
OpusView social task management empowers teams to work more cohesively and productively, from start to end on programs and projects.