The internet of things (IoT) is reshaping the way we work and live, but it’s also bound to impact how project managers manage projects. Simply put, the IoT is a network of devices that use the internet to exchange information. Consider Amazon’s Dash Buttons as a small-scale example. Push your Tide Dash Button, a small device that connects to Wi-Fi, to re-order a new bottle of detergent. More broadly, the IoT is being applied to cities—collecting data to better infrastructure, monitor traffic, and improve waste management—and many other facets of life from cars to homes. The IoT certainly has a “cool factor” going for it right now. But the IoT also offers practical benefits, as we as new demands, for project managers. What’s in store for you? Harvard Business Review article. He’s right: nearly 31 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2020. But “interconnectivity” is not just about devices, Kranz says. It’s also about “the connections between customers, partners, and suppliers.” The “IoT is driving a shift in business structures from a one-company-does-it-all model to a let’s-work-together approach,” Kranz points out. Put another way, the IoT enables you to easily work with people across companies and industries. Consider this example: “With data analytics provided by Microsoft Azure and an informational infrastructure developed collaboratively by Industrial Scientific and Cisco,” Kranz writes, “operators now have a dashboard to remotely monitor the people, equipment, and air quality in the mine in real time.” Approach project management with the same mentality: an interconnective one that goes beyond your company walls.