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Essential Skills of a Big Data Project Manager

As if basic project management is not enough to make your head spin, Big Data is demanding more skills from a different breed of project managers.   Will Kelly puts together an essential set of skills for today's up and coming Big Data Project Manager.

Graduate/continuing education is not only beneficial to new Big Data project managers, it is often a prerequisite for hiring.   Kelly suggests that seeking a graduate degree or a graduate certificate will make you a more viable candidate.   However, sometimes a graduate degree will not keep you as up to speed on Big Data developments as experience will:

Graduate and continuing education programs about Big Data might not be able to keep up with the demand in some metropolitan areas, so project managers with a background in training can play a major role in establishing Big Data in-house training programs for their organizations.   Project managers will also need to manage the continuing education and professional development of their Big Data team; this ensures the success of the employees and the overall effort.

Proper training will allow teams to draw from multidisciplinary talents in order to make sense of the new data.   Furthermore, experience in process development will allow project managers to adapt to Big Data.   Marketing and sales skills are also highly suggested in order to complete Big Data Project Manager jobs.   While these marketing skills will help in justifying the startup investments, advisory skills will allow project managers to say where Big Data is headed.   Although it seems obvious, technological know-how is a must.   If everyone on your team is participating in the startup phase of entering Big Data, they will have more knowledge of changes and growth thereof.

The final bit of advice that Kelly offers is that working on the cusp of emerging data technologies is riddled with opportunity.   Therefore, there must be no fear of Big Data project management, because it can indeed work in your favor.


About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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