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The Basics of IT Project Management: What You Need to Know

The tech industry is a great place to start your career because you’ll have plenty of opportunities to bring fresh, new project ideas to the table. And all of them will need to be well-managed from start to finish through effective project management. Whether you get to lead a project or are only one of the team members, you need to know how to plan and organize a project, materials, tasks, and timelines. Here are some of the basics of IT project management.

 

Size and Scope

Gather with your team so you can all get a sense of the size and scope of the project. This is the big picture stuff: goals, target audience, responsibilities, expectations. With good communication skills, you’ll be able to relay that information to people involved in different parts of the project, like supervisors and directors.

Be a Team Player

You’ll need to work well with the project team. You should have a grasp of changing technologies and be able to help your coworkers understand them too. This will help you build trust among team members, so you can rely on each other to complete tasks to the best of your ability and in a timely manner. It’ll also help you communicate freely with everyone, including supervisors, so you can pass information back and forth efficiently.

Agility is Important

Your team needs to be flexible. That means if an issue comes up during a software project, like if tech requirements or end-user expectations change, you need to be able to change with them. This means everyone takes on new tasks and timelines as needed in order to protect the project and achieve your goals.

Gather as Much Feedback as Possible

Document as much of the process as possible. Get feedback from coworkers, record ideas that work and don’t work, recall any changes that took place. This will prepare you for future projects and show management you can learn from mistakes.

Wrap Things Up

Once you’ve seen a project through, connect again with your team. Share your thoughts with each other and collaborate on new solutions. This is an opportunity to consider better methods, innovate, and to come up with consistent processes. Use the information you get to look for patterns so you can pull together measurable data. This way you can show how you’ve improved over time.

 

At Charter College, we offer a variety of IT programs to prepare you for a rewarding entry-level career in the field. We offer a B.S. in Computer Information Systems, which you can complete is as little as 24 months and an A.A.S in Computer Networking Systems you can complete in as little as 14 months. These online programs are specifically designed to enable you to fit an education into even your busy life. Fill out the form now to receive more information about our IT programs.