In an interview with IT Business Edge editor Ann All, Computer Economics' president Frank Scavo said the number of IT project managers is on the rise. Scavo said his company's research indicated that since 2006, there was a 10 percent increase in project manager hiring relative to other IT positions over the same period of time.
We think that reflects increasing demand for higher-level skills in the IT organization that we've been seeing for the last 10 or 15 years. Work in IT is migrating to the higher-level positions such as project management, business analysis, systems analysis. That has been at the expense of what I call blue-collar IT positions. Those are the ones that are often either outsourced or automated, help desk, technical support. You can leverage tools and systems and tools to automate them, and make those job functions more efficient. You can't automate project management.
While you might not be able to automate project management, there are some tools to help the process. Michael Taylor, a project manager with more than 30 years of experience, recently uploaded his Project Management Toolkit to the Knowledge Network.
The Knowledge Network also has two other project related tools that are helpful for those submitting project proposals and keeping track of the projects.