I am the Vice President of Engineering. a prioriis a software development company that provides engineering services to technology companies worldwide.
The metaverse is expected to make businesses rethink how they use technology in new markets and new worlds. The idea is to build immersive workplaces that boost productivity, environments suitable for every occasion from brainstorming to corporate parties, and gamification elements to engage employees.
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We have already survived the massive transition from working in a physical office to working from home during the pandemic. Many of us are now planning how to adapt our business and communication processes to the metaverse, assuming the metaverse tools are worth trying.
As an IT executive who works closely with project managers, I know that difficult skills and technical experience alone do not guarantee success. Providing a competitive product also requires considering the human factor and creating a positive working environment.
This article explores the impact of the metaverse on the communication efficiency of project managers and company leaders.
What challenges do project managers face?
We don’t have much experience running projects in the metaverse, so we don’t yet know what challenges to expect. Right now, project managers are likely to be the first to face the problems posed by the metaverse tools.
After analyzing predictions and expectations about how the metaverse might change the working environment, we outlined some tasks PMs should be prepared for.
1. Define a scenario for using the metaverse platform. A key challenge is deciding which traditional tools to replace with virtual and augmented reality solutions, and which to keep. For example, it might be wise to use the metaverse for complex data visualizations and discussions that require the full attention of employees, but stick to video calls for short meetings.
2. Read the room full of digital avatars. The art of project management involves reading people’s moods. However, it is difficult to gauge people’s moods when PMs talk to avatars, especially when the graphics that many metaverse solutions currently offer are weak. Misinterpreting moods and emotions can lead to inaccurate assessments of motivations and miss hints of problems and potential risks PMs experience.
3. Ensure diversity and inclusion. The metaverse world can improve inclusivity for people with physical limitations. However, access to these worlds can be limited by extensive technical requirements and high prices. Also, VR can cause Malaise, Acute stress and mental overload. Before adopting the Metaverse platform, PMs should consider all risks and how to mitigate them.
4. Help employees distinguish between the metaverse and reality. We are all still in the dark about how the virtual world will affect our employees in the long run. Let’s assume that working in the metaverse allows you to access information quickly, solve problems, and work efficiently. In this case, returning to the real world to do other work activities can be depressing due to slowness, clutter, etc. Such dissonance can lead to decreased motivation and productivity.
Prepare your PMs for their Metaverse journey
In my experience, once you’ve outlined your challenges, it’s important to discuss them with your PM and come up with a strategy for jointly addressing them. This allows the team to proactively prepare for possible problems and continuously improve their project management skills.
Once you decide to adopt the Metaverse platform to power your business processes, make sure your PMs are ready to adjust their work routines. Here’s what you can do to help them.
1. Provide research opportunities. To make the current process work with the metaverse tools, the PM should first research all the pros, cons, risks, hardware requirements, etc. Before deciding if it’s worth your time and money, you need to evaluate how well a particular platform can help your PM activities.
2. Coordinate collaboration between the cybersecurity team and the PM team. The metaverse poses new cybersecurity risks. Therefore, it is imperative to have cybersecurity personnel update corporate policies to prevent data leaks and identity theft. The PM should also be involved to ensure that other members of the team do not ignore the new security policy because it is complex or unnecessary.
3. Discuss metaverse implications and modify strategies. Make sure your managers appreciate the usefulness of metaverse tools in their business processes. This will help you decide whether to stick with a particular solution or switch to another. Note that it’s okay to change her KPIs on the go based on the impact the metaverse has on team productivity, job satisfaction, problem solving, etc.
With trendy technologies like the Metaverse, it’s important to determine the real benefits you get and make sure it’s worth the cost. Please note that the Metaverse Platform is not the Holy Grail.
Overall, 90% of project management is still in communication with clients and employees. It’s best to focus on keeping this communication efficient. While actively adopting new technologies like the metaverse, they should be treated as additional tools rather than a PM priority.