Reflections on Project Management

The key point of Bouraad (2010) is the clear and meticulous description of what is expected of an information specialist today. Bourrad describes the required skills in an incredible amount of detail, dividing them into three areas; “how to be”, “know how” and “know what”. “How to be” encompasses the ability to work well with a peer group, being aware of how an organization works as a whole and general creativity. “Know what” covers  knowledge of the business environment and the tools available. “Know how” goes over technical knowledge and planning for the implementation of IT projects. Another section goes over the different aspects of an IT management. I liked this paper and I think it is important for those interested in IT or those who think they would be a good project manager to know the exact requirements of the position they seek to fill. It is important for prospectives employes to be aware of the different aspects of project management and IT, particularly if some of those regard IT as primarily a coding position. Making them aware that this is untrue may steer them towards a more suitable position.

Peter (2009) looks at the issue of reusing knowledge. It divides the paper into hard technical skills and soft managerial skills. Despite the relative ease in which technical knowledge can be shared, I agree that copying a solution verbatim will result in difficulties. Reinventing the wheel can be time-saving and cost-effective, but sometimes it has its disadvantages. Attempting to implement a specific technical solution for a system that involves a different operating system or programming language could be as tricky as designing a solution from scratch. Creating an environment where searching out new knowledge is the norm for staff, could allow for easier integration of foreign solutions.

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