An Information Technology Project Manager (ITPM) plans, coordinates, and monitors projects to deliver new information or technology (e.g., applications, software, or hardware).
How Do ITPMs Contribute?
Help organizations decide whether an IT project is needed
Manage the project team to ensure goals are met on time and within budget
Communicate with project stakeholders
In short, ITPMs contribute by herding the cats!
A Day In The Life
A typical day might see you:
Meet with project team members to keep them on track with deadlines and offer help
Write and distribute meeting minutes
Update the project plan with new activities or changes
Monitor project budget and costs
Work with developers to manage change
Manage project risks
Prepare a project status report for executives
What Skills Are Important?
The top skills to be successful as an ITPM are:
Leading and motivating the project team through good times and bad
Actively listening and presenting information on behalf of the team
Negotiating and influencing stakeholders to keep the project on track
Being organized to know where things stand at any given moment
You'll Love It If You Like...
Leading and motivating others
Being organized and having a plan
Having a clear start and end date for your work
Finding creative solutions to complex challenges
Working with data and technology
Choose A Different Career If You...
Prefer working on things independently of others
Don't like attending a lot of meetings
Want to "go with the flow" instead of planning things out
Get annoyed when people want to change things
Can't work overtime when project deadlines get closer
Pick The Future ITPM
Likes developing apps
Prefers to work on his own
Outgoing, likes meeting with people
Likes to plan before starting new things
Likes working with others
Has an Engineering degree
Prefers developing over documentation
Wants to start building before planning
Who is the best fit for the role of an IT PM?
But Does It Pay The Bills?
Average salary is C$82,000/year
Average salary is US$88,980/year