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Monday, August 09, 2010

Is there a Real Need for an IT Project Manager?

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And they are going to be in great demand in near future- especially the ones with Leadership Skills.

Kristen Caretta blog titled “Rise of the middle managers: Jobs in IT project management still hot” in CIO Symmetry points to Global Knowledge survey, jobs in IT project management are the hottest positions for the year 2010. A survey by SearchCIO-Midmarket.com, reveals that 30% of the respondents (all IT managers, directors and CIOs from midsized organizations) spend most of their time on project management. Thus, the rise of the middle manager is happening as the project manager finds a new place in IT .
IT Project Managers are going to play a central role in making sure IT and Business is aligned. They need to transcend the typical role of completing project within time and within budget. Now, they need to delve deeper into the scope of the project.  IT Project Managers need to have a strong background in understanding Business Strategy .

According to a Search CIO article  “For a successful project manager, look for qualities of a good leader”, the way a project is managed accounts for  50% of the project’s success. 

Following are the leadership traits deemed necessary for an IT Project Manager:
  • People, Administrative and Communication skills: A good project manager motivates and understands what gets their team excited, and.spends time informally meeting with group members to get a feel for what’s going on from within the team.  They also take advantage of social networking collaboration tools, to stay connected with their team members and move the team members in the right direction.They break tasks into sub tasks and delegates, assigns timelines and meticulously monitors progress. 





 

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