Main Menu
Home / Project Management / Why Project Management Skills Trump Tech Skills

Why Project Management Skills Trump Tech Skills

There are two kinds of project managers. There are the technical ones, and then there are the functional ones. At least, that’s what Russell Harley argues in his article “Yes, Project Management Skills Trump Tech Skills.” He explains that today’s society wants the technical project manager. They want someone who can take over if a person from the project team is out sick, or even do additional jobs like write test scripts and perform QA analysis. The problem is that when the project manager performs too many duties, something is bound to be done wrong. Often times, it is the management of the project as a whole that suffers.

Harley reports that since 2002 IT projects have seen almost no increase in their rate of success. The failure rate, however, is on the rise. If project teams learn to value their manager as a coordinator of the project, someone with their own unique skills to offer rather than a catch-all for everything that needs doing, they might just began to see a higher rate of success.  

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

Check Also

Avoid Ambiguity to Improve Performance

There are all sorts of factors that can plague a project that are outside of …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sorry, but this content
is for our subscribers only!

But subscribing to ACCELERATING IT SUCCESS is FREE and only one click away!
Join more than 40,000 IT Professionals and get the best IT management articles to your mailbox with Accelerating IT Success!

Unsubscribe at any time