Liverpool based Immersive Learning Studio is bringing the latest software and hardware VR technologies to the Project Management Office. The company has recently launched the Virtual Reality War Room to help solve the problems associated with geographically dispersed teams in manufacturing, process and operational excellence sectors.
The Virtual Reality War Room, or VR PMO (Project Management Office) for short, will bridge the gap for remote teams who rely on visual performance management techniques, to help drive decision-making. This means anyone with a suitable VR headset can make informed business decisions from anywhere.
It is an exact replica of a real Project Management Office but existing in a virtual environment. It can be deployed in instances where a current Project Management Office exists or, where a company is in the early stages of laying out their visual performance management boards.
The VR PMO updates itself using cloud technology and synchronises the metrics at the same time when the physical performance board is updated; As a sheet of paper is printed off to replace a KPI on the physical board, it immediately updates the same sheet on the virtual board.
“Remote teams who are spread across the country, or based in various plant locations currently rely on different methods to present or discuss KPIs”, says Director, Kevin Melia. “The success of this is usually dependant on the person who is presenting the information. For the recipient; at best it’s a slideshow of spreadsheets, jumping backwards and forwards in a screen-sharing session to pull up the right metric – driven by the flow of the conversation. In our VR PMO, you feel like you are in the actual place – the next best thing to Gemba! Bringing all of the benefits you would normally get from visiting the real project management office, such as status at a glance”, adds Kevin.