The Need for I.T. Project Managers

Written by:
Mike Portera Director, PMO MPM, PMP
Michael Smith, Sr. Project Manager EE, MBA, PMP
Tamar Witmer, Sr. Project Manager BSM, PMP

 

Project management is playing an increasingly important role as organizations race to adopt new technologies. Project management provides a unique focus shaped by the scope, objectives, schedule, budget, risks, issues, and resources available for each project. Projects that are properly managed are more likely to be delivered on-time, on budget, and on specification while managing unnecessary change.

 

Value of Project Managers

The project manager (PM) is the central figure overseeing the individual tasks that move a project toward completion. Project managers offer significant value to organizations implementing complex technologies by disseminating critical information and updates to stakeholders, controlling project scope, increasing team efficiency and productivity, as well as managing schedules and costs. Choosing the right project manager with the appropriate skills, experiences, and competencies to manage your project can ultimately determine its success or failure.

According to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) annual Pulse of the Profession®, a broad global survey that measures the connection between strategy implementation and an organization’s capability to deliver successful projects and programs, “Organizations that invest in proven project management practices waste 28 times less money because more of their strategic initiatives are completed successfully.”

 

 

The Role of the Project Manager

As the PM manages, directs, leads, coaches, facilitates, mentors, and coordinates the needs of the project, they must balance client expectations while proactively monitoring, identifying, and assessing the myriad of unknowns that can curtail project activities, deliverables, objectives, and benefits. Risks to the project can occur at any time, and they come in all shapes and sizes. It is the PMs responsibility to identify, monitor, and score the documented risks while building response strategies to address the ‘what if’s’ that can derail project objectives.

As the PM monitors project risks, they also balance the competing constraints of the project, as shown in the Project Triple Constraint diagram. This diagram is a simple yet effective representation of how the PM balances the scope, schedule, and budgetary constraints of the project (shown along the three triangle legs) essentially analyzing and assessing the impact changing one leg of the triangle has on the other two legs. As the PM balances the competing constraints, they must always keep their focus on project objectives while managing and monitoring project risks.

 

Project Management Certifications

There is a constant demand for skilled PMs, which can make finding the right person to manage your project a challenge. A good first step toward tracking down qualified individuals who not only possess domain knowledge but also have the expertise to oversee the planning, execution, and control of your project, is targeting candidates who have earned Project Management Institute (PMI®) certifications.

PMI is a worldwide organization founded in 1969 that standardized the project management profession and is recognized as the gold standard with their professional project management certification. The most widely recognized certification is the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification. Because the PMP framework is the de-facto standard for project management best practices and PMP certified PMs take a holistic view that helps them understand project challenges and potential roadblocks to success, companies across all industries use PMP certification as a critical differentiator for a hiring PMs.

 

What Sets Cerium PMs Apart

90% of Cerium PMs are PMP certified with an average of 17 years of industry experience. Our PMs strive to stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in an ever-shifting industry. They continuously grow their project management expertise with advanced training and by reflecting on lessons learned from the projects they complete. Our PMs share tips, insights, and pool their experience with their peers, keeping all Cerium PMs well-informed and up-to-date on current best practices.

Cerium’s proven project methodologies, derived from lessons learned from deploying thousands of projects successfully over the past 18 years, ensure quality and enable Cerium PMs to deliver reliable results. Our mature set of best practices are based on our deep understanding of the way people work and depth of technical expertise, which is unmatched in the Northwest.

Cerium PMs are results oriented. They work diligently to understand project objectives and client expectations. They resolve complexity by breaking down the interdependent project activities required to achieve those objectives into structured tasks that can be monitored, measured, and controlled. Cerium PMs understand how best to allocate and schedule resources to keep the team focused on the tasks that will have the most significant impact on reaching project objectives.

In addition to their core project management skills and experience, Cerium PMs have a deep passion for solving our client’s difficult problems. They inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team that increases the likelihood of success. They cultivate trust and communication among all project stakeholders by encouraging diverse viewpoints and adapting their approach to the constraints of each project.

Cerium believes that achieving goals in a rapidly changing environment demands flexibility. Cerium PMs are always on the lookout for a smarter direction. They develop plans with the flexibility to adapt to shifting situations and react to changing risk factors. Cerium PMs review their assumptions and execution at regular intervals and adjust plans accordingly.

 

Summary

The need for skilled I.T. project managers will continue to grow significantly as organizations seek optimal returns on their capital expenditures. Companies from a wide variety of industries, including: healthcare, financial services, K12 and higher education, transportation, hospitality, non-profit, state and local government agencies, and a host of others have relied on Cerium’s proven track record designing, delivering, implementing, and migrating their mission-critical unified communications, networking, contact center, cybersecurity, cloud, and data center solutions.

From project kickoff to operational hand-off, the Cerium PMs uses proven project methodologies, processes, and tools to focus on exceeding our client’s expectations. Contact Cerium to find out more about how our highly certified and credentialed PMs can help with your next IT project.

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