IT Career Profile: Project Manager

“Project management can be defined as a way of developing structure in a complex project, where the independent variables of time, cost, resources and human behavior come together.”-– Rory Burke

There are many careers in IT to choose from.  One of those is a Project Manager, they will organize and plan out a project.  This position is very important to get a project on track.  The project manager must help the team list out all of the tasks and determine where the dependencies lie.  The project manager must be an adept communicator as they will need to discuss tasks with the team members and work with the stakeholders to determine deadlines for completion of various milestones.  They will help create the initial project plan and also keep in contact with everyone to update the project plan as the tasks get completed.  Another important part in a project manager’s job is the issue of resource allocation.  When deadlines are tight the project manager has to be very careful how they commit resources to various tasks.  They also must work with the quality assurance team’s to coordinate deliverables for testing and production releases.

Many organizations will require or prefer project managers that are certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.  The test covers a broad range of terminology in the project management realm.  There are various courses you can take to prepare yourself for this.  Our local community college DMACC offers a course for this.

Average Salary for Project Managers is in a range of 52k to 130k and mostly depends on your location.

One last note.  I have worked in an organization that used an Agile Software delivery method.  Agile is very much focused on providing value as soon as possible and changes the way projects are delivered.  In an Agile system project managers roles may change.

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