Share
Explore BrainMass

PMI chapter meeting

You are attending your local PMI chapter meeting. Fortunately, it draws project managers from many different industries, not just technology. In fact, several members have experience managing projects across industries.

Respond to the following questions to join in the discussion:

How important is it for a project manager to have expert judgment in the subject matter of the project?
Must an IT project manager be an expert in the technology that is being implemented?
Be prepared to support your position, whether you agree or disagree.

Solution Preview

When we talk about project managers (PMs) having expert judgment in the subject matter of the project, we're dealing with what are commonly called subject matter experts (SMEs). When we analyze the entire skill set of PMs, there are several skills that are much more integral to the success of a project which are weighed in importance above SMEs. These would include skills like leadership ability, planning expertise, resource allocation skills, time management competency, communication skills, and several other areas that are critical for the PM. It is beneficial when a PM is an SME. There would be few people to argue the benefits that can be achieved when we have SME-PMs. However, when we analyze the requirements of a successful project, we can identify two specific foundations that the PM must possess, which are leadership skills and technical skills.

I can have a PM that is not an SME running a project. Because that PM is an expert in his or her field and has extensive training, the PM has refined his or her PM skill set, which includes the technical experience and the leadership experience. The PM is an excellent organizer, an ...

Solution Summary

You are attending your local PMI chapter meeting. Fortunately, it draws project managers from many different industries, not just technology. In fact, several members have experience managing projects across industries.

Respond to the following questions to join in the discussion:

How important is it for a project manager to have expert judgment in the subject matter of the project?
Must an IT project manager be an expert in the technology that is being implemented?
Be prepared to support your position, whether you agree or disagree.

$2.19