Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Project Managers as Value Role in IT
Responding to "urgent/non-important" IT requests takes time away from
developing initiatives, completing complex operations, and evaluating
hardware or software technologies. Given this ever-present aspect of IT,
many departments believe that sysadmin, service desk, network, and security
areas are the obvious priorities when increasing staff. However, if
project management is valued as a staff position or as a portion of present
staffing roles, projects will have the high visibility and accountability
they deserve, plus the resources they need in order to be Done Right.
The fundamentals of project management (sponsors, stakeholders,
resources, scope, methodology) and how they can be used to drive the
strategic vision of IT departments can be transformative for a
department and its staff.
This talk is not a tutorial about "how to be a project manager",
instead, attendees will hear about how to advocate for and develop
project management within their groups, completing projects despite
the seemingly endless lists of things to do.
Cathleen Bonner has worked in IT at the Broad Institute for over a
decade. She began in desktop support, shifted into research computing
engagement, and now manages the project and portfolio team.
Cathleen's goal has been to understand how to best synchronize the
tricky triad of customer engagement, IT culture, and strategic vision
to produce the best IT services possible. In her non-work time, she
finds fulfillment by volunteering with the Boston Area Rape Crisis
Center, running, cooking and eating out, and traveling.
MIT E-51, Room 145
7:00 - Announcements & Introductions
7:30 - Formal presentation