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Technical skills as Project Management

By franku ·
I am a 4 yr experienced PM in the Nigerian IT Industry. I have a bachelors in Computer Science and have been schooled in traditional Systems Analysis. I believe the trend amongst clients here in Nigeria(either end users or value added resellers) suggests that PMs should have deeper than normal "generalist" technical skills. There appears to be need for "value added" skills like business integration and change management and technical systems integration such as is prevalent with traditional systems analysts in software development field. This may be because of shortage of skilled IT personnel all along the food chain creating competence gaps which surely trip projects irrespective of how sterling the management may be. Another area is a shift from traditional static goals of acheiving on time in budget to acheiving business value , ROI. People weigh acheiving ROI or time to market much more than meeting set time and cost peices...
Is this a global trend? or peculiar to developing markets? Do PMs need to bone up on Systems and IT solutions integration?

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Changing Times

by timwalsh In reply to Technical skills as Proje ...

I don't think your quandary applies only to Nigeria or only to developing markets.

With the down-turn in economies across the globe, everyone is trying to get "more bang for the buck" , or to use the popular buzz words, higher ROI.

While on time, on budget are still very important, the company that gets their product to market first, at the least expensive development cost will obviously stand the best chance of optimizing their ROI as well as gaining higher market share.

One way to dothis is to employ "jacks of all trades." While an efficient, experienced PM obviously can make or break any project, an efficient, experienced PM that can also do development work, marketing, systems integration, etc., is obviously more valuable toany employer because the employer gets "more bang for the buck."

This is not to say that the "traditional" PM no longer has a place in todays markets. I merely suggest that a PM with skills in as many complementary areas as possible, stands a better chance of gaining employment (or remaining employed) until the global economy starts on the road to recovery again.

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