As we hurtle towards 2020, I can vaguely recall the hype around the Millennium Bug – the Year 2000 problem – only vaguely though as I was and still am very young. 

For those of you that were unfamiliar with the Y2K bug, it was big news in the 1990’s.

A number of experts appeared daily on the news, channelling their inner Nostradamus to inform the world that they needed to prepare for what would happen to computers globally when the date flipped over to 01/01/2000.  

Thankfully due to preventative measures implemented worldwide through coordinated projects/programmes, life carried on as normal.

People wondered if it had been a myth and questioned the hysteria some even said it was #FakeNews!

It was not through it was just a sign of how successful the projects had been!  

The World Needs More Project Managers

Y2K – Project Collaboration was Key to Success

This global issue made organisations more culturally aware of the need for project management skills and coordinated methodologies.

This was vital, as various departments had to collaborate towards the goal of eliminating the Y2K bug. 

Back in the 90’s project collaboration wouldn’t have been as easy as it is today and we know Project Collaboration was Key to Success at that time.

Whilst tools were available, i.e. Lotus Notes, they were limited in terms of what they could do and the internet was still in its infancy.

To put this into perspective, Google was born in the late 90’s, SharePoint didn’t arrive till 2001 and Skype wasn’t founded till 2003!

But as the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade – and Project Managers made do with the solutions they had available at the time and averted Y2K.

Just as B.A (from the A-Team) used to weld together an armour plated vehicle to get out of sticky situations by using only a used egg carton and a pram.

The World Also Needs Collaborative Tools

Whilst Y2K was prevented, the chances are that it could have been averted more efficiently, in less time and cost less both in terms of human resource and financially!

I mentioned Skype earlier, which made an appearance in 2003 – fast forward to the present day and it has evolved into Microsoft Teams, which enables:

  • Chat
  • Meetings
  • Calling
  • Collaboration

As the global work environment becomes more prominent, organisations and the people within them need to be able to communicate effectively across different locations, time zones, and languages to work collaboratively.

Microsoft Teams puts everything that you need into a single place chats, meetings, calling, and Office 365 apps inclusive of Project Online/Project for the Web and Power BI. There’s no need to keep switching between apps or numerous browser tabs.

Microsoft Teams Screenshot | Wellingtone

To demonstrate the effectiveness of Microsoft Teams, Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact™ study of Microsoft Teams (commissioned by Microsoft).

Forrester interviewed and surveyed over 260 customers using Teams within a wide range of verticals, spanning financial services to education.

All of the customers quoted the following business objectives for implementing Teams:

  • Increase employee productivity
  • Improve collaboration across the organisation
  • Enable innovation

The study revealed that by empowering employees with Teams, organisations can reduce the costs of collaboration, speed up decision-making, and enhance the customer and employee experience.

Project Collaboration was Key to Success

Forrester study: The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Teams. 

Next Steps

Whether within your organisation you’re preparing for Brexit, IBOR transition or climate change and sustainability initiatives – collaboration & project management apps can really help ensure that everyone is aligned.

We can show you a better way of working through Microsoft PPM, Teams and Power BI, so if you’d like to understand art of the possible and the recommended road map for your , simply get in touch.