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Thinking about how IT will work in the near future

October 16, 2011 Leave a comment

OS

  • Windows 8
    • Metro Look
    • Touch
    • Blend Apps with other apps
  • OS X Lion

Cloud

  • Private Clouds
    • HyperV, VMWare
  • Public Clouds
    • Amazon

App Solutions

App Development

  • Social vs Crowdware
  • Mobile vs HTML 5

Processes

  • BCP & Strategic Planning => Enterprise Architecture

Other

  • BYOT (Bring Your Own Tech.. to the office)
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Categories: CIO, IT LEADERSHIP

What are the three most important qualities of a Project Manager?

June 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Project Management is a collection of many qualities but there are those that are more important than others. The following explains the three most important qualities a Project Manager should have related to the single most important approach a software development project must have today – agility.

Process Agility

Project Management’s methodologies have changed in last few years. For many years, project management was considered a well-defined set of steps and deliverables that all projects completed. These project management deliverables helped ensure the project was completed on schedule, on budget and all requirements were implemented. A good example of this is the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMI’s PMBOK)

Today’s customers are expecting more functionality to be delivered in less time. The time needed to produce these project management deliverables can start to create their own risk to the project schedule. Although these processes are still important in assuring a successful project, Project Managers must adjust their processes to adapt to these new expectations while ensuring the keys of project management processes are still delivered.

The Project Manager must be able to understand the proper formalization of the Project Management deliverables. For example, some projects may have a high probability for risks; this may warrant a very formal risk management process. While at the same time the project is implementing a well-defined solution, project plan documentation can be less formal, saving time to the schedule and allowing delivery of the solution sooner.

Communication Agility

Due to these Process Agility needs, a Project Manager must ensure they are communicating at a high level of effectiveness. The ability to communicate to all stakeholders is the most important quality a Project Manager can have. Without proper communication between the project team and the stakeholders, there can be breakdown in processes which can have a negative impact on the project. If a Project Manager is implementing Process Agility, the team may not initially be familiar with such adjustments and may not perform the updated Project Management methodology correctly.

Proper communication of the updated methodology is the responsibility of the Project Manager and he/she must ensure the team is fully aware and understands any new changes to the process before it can be implemented in the current project. Without proper communication of these changes, the team may risk missing key project planning steps in lieu of simplifying the process, missing any gains an agile process provides.

Project teams can consist of members that are remote to each other. This can include members in different cities to members in different countries. The ability to communicate by a Project Manager in these environments is even more important.

The agility of communication for a Project Manager is directly related to the Project Manger’s knowledge of the various communication methods. Knowing the most effective and most efficient way to communicate the given information to a specific group of stakeholders separates successful Project Managers from the rest. Methods can be as formal as a PMBOK communication plan to as simple as an email.

Consistent Diligence

One of the most underappreciated qualities a Project Manager must have is consistent diligence. The ability to stay focused on the project management process will ensure a successful project. As a projects methodology becomes more agile, the Project Manager must stay that much more diligent in the assurance that the process is being completed by the team. Agile processes are designed to be less formal but this does not mean less rigid. Some team members may not understand the difference and mistakenly treat agile processes as less rigid of a process. It is the responsibility of the Project Manager to ensure consistent implementation of the agile methodology to ensure the project remains successful.

What is a CIO vs VP of Technology vs ….

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

When people ask me what is my ideal job, I have a hard time telling them since it consists of a few different sets of responsibilities. I found these definitions of a CIO, a VP Of Technology and Director of Product Management. Thought it was a good differentiation.

So now I can say, based on these definitions, my ideal job is right in the 20% VP of Technology, 20% CIO,  20% Product Development, 20% Lead Developer, and 20% BA/Tester/Trainer.

CIO

The CIO contributes to the organization through vision, strategy definition, communication, and implementation. S/he conducts strategic workforce planning, creating and communicating consistent standards of performance, and creating a high performance culture. The CIO will be expected to grow future leaders by giving them accountability and opportunities for growth…

VP of Technology

Establishes current and long-range technology strategy for key products and solutions for efficient and effective solution delivery. Provides technical solutions expertise, and industry knowledge base to support sales and marketing efforts including pre-sales support, job costing and management of customer engagements. Oversees management of software development teams responsible for new system development. Ensuring…

Directory of Product Development

Lead cross-functional teams to translate customer needs and technology directions into product definitions. Design and establish overall product features based on customer feedback. Establish processes for management of the product requirements throughout their lifecycle. Create and manage processes for product releases. Research and analyze competitive products…