We’re trying a new approach to solve the age-old dilemma of a project manager’s (PM’s) social bubble. When a new PM starts at their job, they will often begin working with a few select vendors and eventually get used to them. As a result the manager will pick those people over and over, never trying the other vendors available. This can have unfortunate consequences: new skilled vendors may remain unclaimed; project teams may be formed based on the PMs’ habits rather than tangible characteristics such as vendors’ experience and rates; also, despite having access to over 100 vendors, PMs may feel a disastrous lack of manpower when some of their favorites happen to be unavailable. We strive to raise our PMs’ awareness of the resources available to them, and we’d like to share some ideas in that regard.
Takeaways: Attendees will learn how we use infotainment to increase vendors’ visibility for PMs and how we use in-team social interactions to increase vendors’ visibility for PMs.