Only 58 per cent of organisations fully understand the value of project management. In addition, they lack the understanding of how much impact a successful project manager has on business success. Project managers oversee the planning and delegation of responsibilities around an organisation. Their use of a variety of technical and non-technical skills helps drive a project towards completion.
With the proficient skills of a project manager, businesses are able to optimise their resources, improve product and service delivery, and improve customer experiences. IT project managers can provide significant assistance by running data simulations and models to forecast KPIs and assess user feedback.
This provides business with clearer organisational strategic objectives. Successful project managers also possess skills in:
- Technical management and understanding of hardware, software, networks, infrastructure and security
- Analysing information and procure insights from data
- Informing team members and communicating between teams
- Staffing roles
- Strong data centre management
- Advanced resource and capacity planning
- Task scheduling
Without the skills of a proficient project manager, businesses run the risk of leaving key data and information out of reach. This leaves a business open to cyber-attacks or a lack of technological innovation.
How can project managers get the most out of their IT team?
Project managers are able to successfully manage their teams by incorporating a multitude of techniques.
It’s vital to understand the blend of managerial methods available to IT project managers. A combination of these styles is important in managing different personalities across different work environments.
Using different styles for different people
No two managers are the same, with personalities and organisational goals leading to a wide variety of management styles. These include:
With a diverse array of personalities and skill sets in a particular team, you need to be capable of facilitating these characteristics to create a greater sense of group cohesion. By doing so, you’re able to increase your empathy as a leader.
Being surrounded by your team on a daily basis helps to understand their feelings and emotions, and why they act how they do. This helps place you in a position to comprehend a team member’s level of creativity or competence with a particular task. Knowing this allows you to better plan your projects and get the most out of each team member in their preferred area.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said it best to the MIT class of 2017, by stressing:
“Measure your impact in humanity, not in the likes, but the lives you touch; not in popularity, but in the people you serve.”
Understanding what works for each team member will allow for more success on your projects and greater overall accomplishments for the business.
How can formal training help you become a better project manager?
Formal training is an integral part of becoming a more successful project manager. Particularly in IT where new technology is evolving on a daily basis, a lack of formal training puts you at risk.
With ineffective and current project management skills, you can easily fall behind the latest technological advancements, and also the people management skills needed to successfully run a team. This can lead to project goals not being achieved to their best quality, which translates into business goals not being attained.
Effective team management is key to a project’s overall success and can help ensure your IT team is motivated to achieve, and they have the tools they need to get the project delivered successfully.
The skills needed for more effective project management skills are attainable through the online Graduate Diploma in Project Management with an IT specialisation at RMIT Online.