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Author Sauer, Chris ♦ Reich, Blaize Horner
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract Introduction IT projects are increasing in scope and complexity, fuelled by intense business competition, ever improving technology, and complex organizational structures and processes. In many cases, companies turn to suppliers of IT services -- systems integrators, consulting project managers, and software solutions providers -- to deliver their tough projects. There are many reasons to look for outside help, including staff shortages, risk reduction, and access to specialized industry or technical knowledge. External project managers are expected not only to successfully deliver against targets, but also to help the organization realize value for money. To understand how external IT project managers can perform successfully, two questions need to be asked: • What roles (beyond those of traditional project management) must external project managers fulfil? • How can they prepare themselves for these roles? We conducted a set of interviews with leading external project managers (see box for details of the study), focusing on those who manage transformational IT projects. Their answers take us beyond previous discussions of the need for a project team management role and an external business-facing role. This article first explains the research study (see the exhibit) and then discusses the roles and skills required of today's external IT project manager. Selected quotes from interviewees are shown as italicized text. It concludes with recommendations about personal and professional development for those entering into external project manager roles.
Description Affiliation: Simon Fraser University, in Canada (Reich, Blaize Horner) || Said Business School and Templeton College, Oxford University (Sauer, Chris)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 53
Issue Number 5
Page Count 4
Starting Page 126
Ending Page 129

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