Project Management

What project management topics should we cover on TechRepublic?

Do you want to know how to improve your PM soft skills? Do you need to learn how to write a project plan? Take this quick poll to tell us what project management topics you want us to write about.

With business being constantly pressed to do more with less, it occurred to me that project managers are getting fewer in number and being used more to manage programs than projects. As a project manager accustomed to managing multiple projects but under a program manager, it concerns me, as I see the two as being different skill sets. I also see programmers thrust into project management roles as well. Again, two different skill sets.

With this in mind, I'd like to know what kinds of project management topics speak to your needs. Are you looking for information about how to gather requirements or how to manage the Time/Quality/Money triangle? Or are your needs more in line with how to keep both business and technology aligned?

Spare a few moments to take this poll. Also, tell me in the discussion what specific topics you want us to cover.

16 comments
Old Speckled Hen
Old Speckled Hen

Obviously, the responsibility of a project manager is to manage projects, but can anyone give a definitive list of tasks, e.g. plan, manage team, assign tasks, etc. PM is a full time job, but a lot of PMs I know are hands-on, i.e. in addition to the management task, they actually get involved it the business analysis, testing, producing technical specifications, writing the code, etc. It would be interesting to know what other PMs get involved in.

JamesRL
JamesRL

www.pmi.org - the source of the standards in PM. Learn the formal stages, and you will know all the possible roles and tasks. As for hands on, it depends entirely on the nature of the company, the team and the project. James

somethinggood4
somethinggood4

Hey James, I'm looking for work, and responding to some PM requests that pop up on Monster and Workopolis. I went to the PMI web site to see about the process for certification, and -- did I read this right? -- the educational component of the PMP certification is a mere 35 hours? From what I read, you do less than a week's studying, then spend five years/7500 hours doing field work, and you get your PMP? Is that all there is, 35 hours? Greg

mbeattyx
mbeattyx

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to do as you suggest. Mac Beatty

Tig2
Tig2

You are welcome to attend the monthly PMI meetings even if not a member. If I recall correctly, there is a limit to the number of times this is allowed. The meetings here tend to be quite interesting and educational. Your local website is the place to look for information. Go to http//www.pmi.org and select your state to reach your local website. I just asked people how they went about meeting the educational requirement. Took a lot of advice and made choices from there. Another cert that you might want to consider instead of PMP, at least initially is CompTIA's IT Project +. It doesn't have the mandated educational requirement but the test is quite a lot more difficult. I know PMPs that had to take it several times. To me, the advantage of that cert is that it focuses on IT which is, in my opinion, different than say, construction.

mbeattyx
mbeattyx

Anybody have a recommendation on the best and lowest cost way to get the 35 hours? Thanks...........Mac

JamesRL
JamesRL

Well actually, you do the five years of field work in various aspects of project management, then the 35 hours of eudcation at one of the approved courses, then apply to write the gruelling 3 hour exam. And if you pass, you are a PMP. I highly highly recommend looking at the CAPM first, much less in terms of the experience requirements, and the exam is easier. Most people do more than just the 35 hours - many tend to take a couple of general courses in PM and then take an exam prep course. James

hbar79
hbar79

I am interested in learning more about the differences about the certifications-systems. Also I d like to learn more about getting in the PM profession, like for example how can somebody take work experience.

srivastava.pankaj
srivastava.pankaj

Yes I am looking for more about how to write project management documents

Tjones
Tjones

How to do a P&L.

scampb43
scampb43

As an add-on to Bob's suggestion of Document Management, I would like to see a good overview, cost and feature comparison of the latest in Project Management Software, especially Open Source solutions and those solutions that include a document management component.

KMacNeil
KMacNeil

I look for a variety of topics. It depends on what is the hot-topic on my desk. Sometimes it's technical, like Business Process Management Suites and deciding the best implementation, other times it's how to improve my estimating skills or my customer relationship skills. Still other times, I'm looking to improve my marketability so I can move up. I don't think Tech Republic should focus on technical skills to the detriment of soft skills, or vice versa. They are all important to all PMs at one time or another.

bobmac
bobmac

Please review and compare document management systems or point me to a link where this was done. Thanks. Bob

Tig2
Tig2

As a blogger I am always concerned that the topics we cover are of interest to our community. Please take a moment and tell me what you consider worth reading about. I will take your suggestions and put them into articles that I hope are useful to you.

jerrylvalle
jerrylvalle

I would be interested in learning more about how agile practices are/have been scaled for use on large projects (complex, multi-year, multi-team, distributed teams); what sorts of challenges the project teams encountered and what sorts of techniques were used to address them.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

instead of collecting useless metrics, composing a nice dashboard and then claiming to be in control please. :(