At a basic level, as an IT project manager, you will be required to manage successfully scope, schedule, financials, stakeholder/ team communications, and resources for your projects. I have categorized into 5 distinct skill areas that an IT project can focus on to be successful as an IT project manager. They are: Domain technology knowledge:… Continue reading Part 6: Required skillsets to successfully lead IT projects.
In an earlier write-up on this website, I discussed the different components of an IT project. To help you better understand how they all come together, this week I will be discussing a fictional project that has most of these components. Web DevelopmentDatabase ManagementSoftware Development & Implementation (Web or Mobile)Data MiningCloud ComputingNetwork ConfigurationHardware InstallationNetwork and… Continue reading Part 5: End to End: Different phases of a fictional IT project
To successfully deliver an IT project, several IT roles need to be filled to carry out different functions on the project. Being knowledgeable about these roles would help you as an IT project manager identify any skills gap in your team on a given project. The challenge here is that there are so many blurry… Continue reading Part 4: Your Team roles and responsibilities
While successfully developing and implementing these exotic technologies in an organization, it is very important to ensure that business processes/goals, as well as end-users, are accounted for in the BIG picture. I have seen great technology being implemented in organizations but there were gaps in the business processes modeling and requirements gathering efforts which led… Continue reading Part 3: Technology is important, but more important is its alignment to the business goals and end users needs.
Most organizations, if not all, have had to one time or the other implement an IT project to improve efficiencies in the day to day running of the business. This could be in the form of creating a website, an Accounting tool, even an AI-powered chatbot to help with customer relationship management or a data… Continue reading Part 2: What does an IT Project entail? Examples of IT projects.
According to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), a project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result’. A project can be in any field or industry such as healthcare, construction, technology, and so on. The PMBOK also describes project management as the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and… Continue reading Part 1: What is Project Management and how is IT Project Manager unique from project management in other industries.
I decided this year to come up with a 6 part series to explain what IT project management is about. This write-up will particularly be beneficial to anyone aspiring for a career in this path. In this 6 part series, I have addressed most of the questions I have gotten from people as well as… Continue reading Getting Started as an IT Project Manager
Resource conflicts are very common, especially when managing large complex IT projects. For this write-up, I will like to site a personal experience from about 3 years ago when I was leading the implementation of an AI-powered chatbot for a leading financial services company. I experienced a major resource conflict that threatened the success of… Continue reading How to Manage Resource Conflict Challenges on Your Projects
In the last decades, the word Agile has easily been the go-to for software development projects. The agile method for software development and delivery is particularly prevalent because it gives room for changing requirements and iterative short cycles which happens to be effective in a world of fast-paced innovation. So what is Agile? And how… Continue reading How to Apply ‘Agile Method’ to Achieve Success in Your IT Projects
Like many people I know, at the beginning of 2020 I made a list of my new year’s resolution, 3 of which were: Keep moving: I have never really been a fitness enthusiast, so I decided this year I needed to pay more attention to my health. I knew it would be easier to follow… Continue reading Work-Life Balance: Killing 3 Birds With 1 Stone