Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating and controlling resources to achieve specific goals. These activities are further complicated in the world of Information Technology, where business needs are constantly changing and the number of available solutions is ever-growing.
IT Project Managers wear many hats throughout the lifecycle of a project; at any given time, they are building teams, driving schedules, managing risk, resolving conflicts and providing status, to name a few. The effectiveness of the Project Manager in juggling these roles concurrently is critical to the success of any project.
All projects move through the five phases of the project management lifecycle: initiation, planning, execution, monitor and control, and close-out. How they move through those phases depends on the methodology employed for the project. A primary tool of the Project Manager, methodologies generally fall into three categories:
- Waterfall: define all requirements at once, construct, test, and deploy the application in its entirety
- Iterative: break the application into functions, and define/develop/deploy by those functions
- Agile: develop a backlog of requirements, then load those requirements into time-bound sprints to develop/deploy
Solid execution of any project is dependent on the Project Manager's ability to drive the effort through the selected methodology.
Successful management of all projects, small or large, require dedicated Project Managers who possess foresight, are organized, are able to lead and pull the team together, and are excellent communicators; they are pragmatic and empathetic. Having the knowledge of sound methodologies and project tracking tools complements the professional experience brought to the table by skilled Project Managers for project initiation, planning, execution, communications, control and bringing the project solution to a successful close.
The Project Managers of TDK Technologies bring diverse experience to clients' projects. TDK's Project Managers include PMI certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and certified ScrumMasters, and put their expertise to work to deliver the client's project on time, within budget, and with the high level of quality stakeholders demand.