Here are some quick tips to keep in mind for your next IT Project Manager hire:
IT Project Manager Credentials:
- Because project managers' responsibilities are both technical and organizational, employers may accept credentials from either domain.
- Many organizations look for a certification such as Project Management Professional and some level of PMI or Six Sigma certification.
- Some organizations seek candidates with a certification in Agile or SCRUM software development methodology.
- In order to make sure candidates have proper credentials, working with a firm such as TopLine Strategies who is a well-established IT engineering firm has its advantage in that we are able to truly test for the required credentials.
IT Project Manager Skills & Experience:
- Specification and planning of software development projects.
- Tracking of project progress, change management and risk management.
- Software development life cycle management.
- Several years of project management experience, preferably in software development or IT infrastructure.
- Significant experience facilitating communication among technologists and line-of-business managers.
- Budgeting, cost control and risk management experience is desirable.
How to Source IT Project Managers:
- Projects managers can be sourced through a variety of organizational affiliations.
- Recent recipients of relevant certifications may be ready to change companies.
- Using a firm, such as TopLine Strategies who has relationships with IT professionals, who are not accessible through websites such as the job boards, allows for you to obtain high-quality candidates.
How to Interview IT Project Managers:
- Ask the candidate to address complex hypothetical scenarios that involve technical, organizational and interpersonal challenges.
- Candidates should meet with the full range of prospective colleagues: managers, peers and reports. Be sure your staff knows how to conduct an interview.
Closing the Deal and Retaining IT Project Managers:
- The challenges of project management vary widely from one company or IT department to another; sell the match of the candidate’s aspirations with the company’s business and company culture.
- Directly address a concern of many project managers: a dearth of upward mobility.