Since the internet has become a useful tool for global economic trends, so it is for the investors eyeing its development. The internet continues to play a significant role in information technology through software and web development. So, what is software and web development?
Software development and web development are two confusing terms that confuse especially those among us who have never understood the computer language. Software development is the process of coming up with a software tool through the following phases: computer programming, coding, testing, removing bugs and ensuring the high maintenance of the software. Data visualization is also a very vital part in software development.
Web development, on the other hand, is coding meant to produce a program or a website for private networks or World Wide Web.
Understanding Scrum software development
We use scrum software development to gather user activities in the background, break down complex tasks into user-friendly activities and epics to eventually develop a story map. Our well-established Enterprise Architecture (EA) watches user stories on the story screen for users and categorizes or sends stories to backlog for development.
The software development also foresees the risk that may come along with user stories and identifies appropriate measures to prevent them. Through various drag and drop tools on the software, we can arrange user stories and epics.
What is information technology?
According to Wikipedia, Information Technology (IT) is a subset of information and Communications Technology. IT is, therefore, use of computers to store, study, transfer, and alter data or information coded to these computers.
We have a couple of industries related to information technology, and they include internet, telephones, electronics, online businesses, hardware, and software industries.
How project management has evolved in the 21st century
Effective Project management is a compelling and valuable tool to all our organizations regardless of their size. We all want our organizations to stay ahead of our competitors.
The following are the reasons why organizations, whether small or large should implement project management techniques:
- Ensure delivery of quality work always
- Ensure work is delivered on time
- Stay within the budget and reduce overhead costs
- Frequently update the executive and the rest of the team on the status of ongoing projects
- Ensure that relevant information is available and team members share accurate and necessary project documents
- Carry out team motivation
There has been a complete swap of managing projects from hard systems which handled projects as a mechanical activity to the current broader and soft systems that guarantee exponential success in managing a project, thus changing the role of project manager. However, soft systems do not operate automatically. It requires implementing a very effective strategy. As a team we need to ensure that there is smooth communication, have leadership qualities, be creative and brainstorm new ideas to the project, and be flexible.
Managing projects has never been easy as it is in the 21st century. The technology innovations have shaded a light on how we can easily collaborate and share information, unlike the traditional tools which never focused on collaboration but rather a top-down approach.
Project management for IT made effective
Technology innovations have made it possible to manage our IT projects. That is because of the following reasons:
1. Enhances group intelligence
“Groups are exceptionally intelligent and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by remarkably intelligent people to be smart.” That is according to James Surowiecki’s book of The Wisdom of Crowds. Surowiecki further states that “decentralization’s greatest strength is that it boosts independence as well as specialization on one hand while still enabling people to coordinate their activities and solve problems.”
Information technology project management requires an environment where people can interact and exchange ideas as we may be experts in different fields. Group intelligence enhances team productivity and brainstorms us of emerging trends to making the right choices.
2. Collaboration made easy
Unlike the traditional tools which were hard to master, took a lot of time to set-up and conduct training, modern software is very light and straightforward. We highly recommend current software since even the unskilled people can use them. That adds more people to the team and brings a wide the range of knowledge and ideas worth sharing.
3. Increased productivity
New IT tools save time on routine work be it convening meetings or aggregating information on e-mails. These tools give us a chance to stay updated with information and any effected changes. Additionally, projects that are delivered on time help grow our investment returns.
What role does a project manager play?
A project manager is not an administrator but a designated person who oversees and directs the project team to achieve its set objectives. To be successful, we should to make sure that we stay put in finding the right resources, do proper budgeting and ensure there is smooth communication among all stakeholders. Also, we should have our goals and timelines checklist to make sure that we’re in line with what we're set to deliver.
As project managers, we have to work closely with other operational and functional managers to meet our project needs and ensure that we finish our tasks on time. We are a point of connection between the team providing tools and the organization. Therefore, for us to succeed, we must have the following qualities:
Interpersonal skills which are essential as our work involves a variety of stakeholders. These skills include:
- Verbal communication
- Trust building
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking and enhancing teamwork
- Have sufficient knowledge and understanding of projects, their budget, and timelines
- Be efficient personally by observing appropriate behavior while handling our projects. Having quality leadership skills and people skills will play forth in guiding the team.
We should be committed to excellent performance. Since we play critical roles to ensure the success of our projects, we must have both personal and technical skills. When our projects succeed, we also succeed.
Find out what we need as an IT project managers
As IT project managers we need many specific skills to enable us hit the ground running in different tech institutions. Some of these skills are mathematics, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. To add on to our IT skills, we can also undertake formal training as it will award us with certification which will see us grow up the ranks regarding promotions and higher income having qualified as expert IT project managers.
Software development and web development are two different terms that majority of us confuse. Software development refers to creating a software tool through computer programming, coding, testing and fixing bugs. Web development refers to coding meant to produce a program or a website for private networks or World Wide Web.
Scrum software collects user activities and develops them into user stories. It also foresees any risks associated with these user activities and finds appropriate measures to hinder them. Information technology, a subset of Information and communications technology, has built relations with different industries including hardware, software, online businesses, and the internet to mention a few. Managing projects has taken an entirely different approach in the 21st century compared to the traditional times. Proper management is essential for our organizations as we all want to outsmart our competitors. It is therefore important that we establish effective management mechanisms by having our projects done according to standards, budget and on-time delivery.
IT project management is vital as it enhances collective minds to expand our pool of knowledge. Teamwork is encouraged, and communication and sharing of information made easy. Additionally, the groups’ productivity is boosted thus giving us more returns to our investments. Project managers serve as a link between all stakeholders of the organization. We have to work in close collaboration with other functional and operational managers since our projects require interlinking. This position also compels us to have a variety of skills set as individuals. They include personal skills, leadership skills, teamwork building, problem-solving and critical thinking among others.
As managers, we are tasked to ensure the success of our projects. Since we are mandated to oversee projects developing and giving guidance to our teams, we have to ensure that appropriate resources are available, the budget is set and all stakeholders updated with information regarding our progress. We have to be committed to excel in our projects by equipping ourselves with an in-depth understanding of our projects. We should also observe acceptable behavior in the way we handle ourselves and our projects since we prosper whenever our projects prosper too.
Also as IT managers, we need to have a particular skill set that will see us grow in our career. Among them include mathematics, leadership, interpersonal as well as communication skills. We can also enroll in formal education training as this will see us fit to hit the ground running when joining any tech organizations. Also, this training will award us with certification which may be used in your employment to quest for a promotion or higher pay.