Project managers (PM) define, plan, schedule, and control information technology projects. They coordinate such projects from development through implementation, working with internal and external clients, vendors, consultants, and computer specialists. These managers are increasingly involved in projects that upgrade the information security of an organization. Once a project starts the PM is responsible for identifying, tracking, managing and resolving project issues; disseminating information to all stakeholders, managing and mitigating project risk, defining and collecting metrics and managing the overall schedule to ensure work is assigned and completed on time and within budget.
Individuals should be well organized, have exceptional communication, leadership and follow-up skills, be process oriented, be able to multi-task, have a logical thought process, be able to determine root causes, have good analytical ability, be a good estimator and budget manager, and have good self-discipline. CAPM or PMP certifications are sometimes required depending on the scope of the project and will increase an individual’s opportunity and salary.
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