I’m shifting gears slightly in this one; instead of looking at how we approach change today, I’d like to explore the opportunity that our shift into the “Metaverse” could represent for project professionals in the future.
Whilst I’m certainly not an expert, my excitement for the Metaverse has led to hours upon hours of researching and imagining its near endless possibilities.
What is the Metaverse?
In its simplest form the Metaverse is a 3D virtual world or worlds where we can visit and interact with others.
The gaming industry is already showing us some great examples of what is possible within a digital environment. Fortnite, the battle royal phenom, has exploded beyond the confines of its initial design. It has hosted concerts that have attracted millions of viewers and signed brand deals worth millions of pounds. Today, it is as much a place to go and socialise as it is a place to defeat your enemies.
The “game” has changed, so to speak.
What does it mean for our working lives?
You may be thinking, what does a game hosting a concert have to do with my day job?
Well, that’s because in the same way that games like Fortnite and Roblox are revolutionising what is possible when we play, the development of the Metaverse into mainstream will revolutionise what is possible with how we work.
The last two years have shown us that we can do most of our job roles virtually. However, there is a sacrifice. How often have we spoken about missing out on those random workplace encounters, the loss of the “watercooler” ideas and the challenges with collaboration?
That being said; we’ve celebrated the flexibility it’s given us! We can get our washing done during the workday, no more two-hour daily commutes and the glorious end of Bob’s incessant leg tapping!!!
The Metaverse can essentially be the best of both.
Not wanting to use a thousand words to paint you a picture, here’s Metas vision of what the workplace could become:
Why should project professionals care?
I have absolutely no doubt that within the next 10 years, the way we work will be completely different from what it is today.
Will it look like Meta’s video above? Probably not! Will it be anything like what I’m imagining right now? Probably not!
But there will be a shift… a blurring of the lines between the virtual and real world(s).
Most importantly, as a project professional what I see ahead, is a near endless need for change. Change which will be uncertain and complex. Change which will need to be facilitated and nurtured.
And recognising that, presents us with an opportunity to get ahead of the curve, to learn about this technology and what is possible, and position ourselves so that when the need arises, we… are… ready!
The risk if we don’t care is that we get left behind. The ever-accelerating change locomotive won’t wait for us to catch-up.
And my hope, is that this article has encouraged you to hop on board.
As always, I’m keen to hear what you think in the comments below! If there’s an interest, I do have some specific thoughts on how Project Management in the Metaverse might look… and yes, it does mean no more spreadsheets!