IT PROJECTS & CHANGE
Leading transformative IT projects
From new product delivery at rapidly scaling start-ups to much needed digital transformation at large enterprises, organizations of all sizes in all sectors are looking for talented project managers who can make their technology projects a success.
Are you an experienced professional who can own and deliver complex programmes and bridge the gap between stakeholders and non-technical experts? Do you have brilliant communication and agile management skills, combined with a strong technical grasp of IT Infrastructure? Sounds like you’re a talented IT project manager in high demand – let us help you capitalize on it.
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What does an IT Project Manager do?
More specifically, an IT Project Manager delivers cross-functional information technology projects that are expected to deliver business benefits. They coordinate the work of other IT professionals which may consist of inhouse or third-party resources and serve as a liaison between business stakeholders and the project delivery team.
In larger organizations an IT Project Manager may sit under a Program Manager/Director or may be part of a PMO (Project Management Office). In smaller to mid-sized organizations an IT Project Manager may report into a CIO or IT Manager/Director.
What skills does an IT Project Manager need to have?
Projects may be centred around transformation, business change or information technology. As a result, the people involved in a project may vary from task to task, making people management and leadership an essential skill.
IT Project Managers bring together a range of technology experts which, depending on the project, may include Systems Analysts, Software Developers, Testers and User Experience Designers to ensure that the information technology needs of an organisation are met.
When working on larger projects, or delivering major transformations, Business Analysts and Change Managers will be part of the project team. Those working with transformation projects must be able to facilitate fundamental shifts in how business is conducted to cope with changes brought about by technology, global trends and stakeholder needs. More specifically, business change based Project Managers focus on the people affected by projects or other changes within an organisation.
If there is one skill that all Project Managers must excel in it is communication. The ability to coordinate delivery teams, influence project sponsors and internal stakeholders, whilst also building a productive relationship with vendors makes exceptional communication skills vital.
More role specific skills include an ability to manage project schedules, oversee sizeable budgets and identify and manage risks. An ability to identify suitable vendors and then manage their delivery is also a key attribute in a proven Project Management professional.
We have found that familiarity with project management software is becoming increasingly desirable. Not only do they provide an additional medium of communication, but they also allow Project Managers to allocate tasks, share files, maintain schedules and generate reports. Microsoft Project, Jira, monday.com, Trello and Basecamp are among a long list of software being used in IT Project Manager jobs.
The management of resources (financial, material and personnel) is another skillset that is considered valuable to be a successful Project Manager. Decisions on equipment, facilities and materials used to have a direct impact on the viability of a project.
What is an IT Project Manager’s job description?
- Analyse organization needs and provide a technical solution, recommending strategies and procedures that are aligned with overarching goals
- Design, develop, implement and manage change deliverables that will enable a successful transition for all relevant parties
- Develop project plans, identify resources required and set goals
- Estimate cost, develop budget plan, monitor projects and manage reports
- Assemble and coordinate project team members, assign responsibilities and outline schedule
- Utilise effective means of communication across all phases of the project to ensure on-time completion
- Integrate information technologies that will promote optimal effectiveness
- Research emerging technologies and how they can be used
Are there lots of IT Project Manager jobs available right now?
What’s the career path for an IT Project Manager?
What’s salary does an IT Project Manager?
What qualifications does an IT Project Manager need?
What technical and soft skills does an IT Project Manager need?
With new products and innovations that continue to evolve throughout the project and an overall pace of change that’s never been faster, you’ll need to strike the balance between closely managing all the different elements and allowing room for flex – communication will be absolutely vital to allow you to keep on top of what’s needed, keep everybody moving in the right direction and support the project through to its successful completion – or at least the first phase launch!
Technology plays a major role in modern day business operations. As a result, new technology affects key aspects including efficiency, growth and team culture. With respect to Project Managers, we have found that employers are looking for strength in the following areas:
- Understanding of project methodologies
- Decision Making
- Domain Knowledge
With people management making up a significant portion of a Project Manager’s role, having excellent leadership skills will get the attention of employers. This extends beyond being an effective communicator, to a manager that can drive a team to its maximum performance.
Decision making is often the difference between achieving project goals and failing to deliver. This enhances the value of persons who are exceptional critical thinkers. The ability to weigh the available options and consistently choose the best course of action decisively is seen as an invaluable asset by employers. Indecisiveness can put the brakes on a project and subsequently result in a failure to meet deadlines.
The same applies with respect to strategy. Understanding the business goals and developing a clear plan to deliver a project is key to the success of a Project Manager. If you have experience in performing risk assessments and response strategies, be sure to make employers aware.
What type of employers hire IT Project Managers?
Technology – Employment opportunities exist across the entire technological sector including hardware, software and services.
Financial Services – Includes banking, wealth management, insurance and advisory. The shift to mobile and online transacting has resulted in more job vacancies. Regulatory changes and a focus on compliance has also driven high demand for project managers in this industry.
Healthcare – Most medical records are now electronic making the role of project managers critical to the healthcare industry.
Manufacturing – A strive for more efficient processes has produced additional IT Project Manager positions.
Retail – This applies to both extension of an offline business and online marketplaces.
Marketing – The evolution of digital marketing and mass adoption of the internet into everyday life has created an array of new roles and technologies that have impacted the way this industry operates.
What technologies do IT Project Managers use?
- Microsoft Project, Jira, monday.com, Trello and Basecamp
- Communication Platforms: Slack, Teams etc
How to become an IT Project Manager?
Several years within the field of IT will allow you to gain the necessary experience and intricate knowledge required to further progress. Any time spent supervising individuals will serve as an ideal springboard into a potential management position.
A role as an IT Project Manager is likely to require additional accreditation. This may be achieved through post-graduate studies or acceptable professional certification. This may include certifications such as Prince2, PMP or PMBOK. Agile certifications or experience delivering projects in an Agile environment is frequently sought, whilst Waterfall experience is requested less frequently.