If you consider yourself as a “Technical Specialist” you are most likely a software developer, engineer, researcher, scientist, project manager, financial professional and so on. Have you ever considered how to better leverage your skills in order to take on more business responsibilities? Or perhaps you are a consultant wanting to improve your overall skills. Have you considered taking on a business analyst role and gaining some new skills in the process?
If so, then read on.
The project sponsor has a vital role on the project. He or she must ensure that the project deliverables remain aligned with the business requirements. For projects that are complex and involve multiple stakeholders the sponsors role is even more critical. He or she needs to be clear on the business goals while shielding the project from spurious change requests that might not be in the longer term interests of the business, or that might severely disrupt the project. Interestingly, many of these are also the goals of the business analyst. The two roles should therefore be working closely together. (more…)
The dinosaurs became extinct because they did not know how to adapt to a fast changing environment. If you plan to lead a professional team over the next 10 years and don’t adapt to the nuances of leading virtual teams you could unfortunately suffer the same fate. (more…)
As information explodes and new technologies such as cognitive computing become a reality, certain professionals, subject matter experts and consultants may well ask what skills and capabilities they really need to continue to add value in the future.
After all, most technical queries can be answered through a simple online search so who really needs to pay a consultant to repeat what can easily be found online? (more…)
There is a crucial role for both managers and leaders in a software project environment. These two different roles are complimentary and involve different skill sets which need to come to the front at different stages and for different reasons in a project. They could even be held by the same person. The role of a leader is not necessarily more desirable than that of a manager – in many situations the focus must remain on getting things done and focus on deliverables is often a good thing.