Project Management Practices and Project Manager Traits as a Key to Successful Information Systems Implementation

Project Management Practices and Project Manager Traits as a Key to Successful Information Systems Implementation

Evon M.O. Abu-Taieh (Arab International University, Syria), Jeihan M. Abu-Tayeh (USAID, Jordan) and Alia Abu-Tayeh (Jordan University, Jordan)
DOI: 10.4018/ijatem.2011010104
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Abstract

Information Technology project management lingers between science and art. Many will not dwell on such a thought, and define the information technology project manager as the one person that gets the information technology project done. This paper introduces 74 best practices and traits for the novice information systems project manager. The 74 personal traits and best practices were collected from 35 project managers and are based on personal experiences on a number of IT projects. This article provides an interactive platform for the information system technology project manager by catering to their needs for practical insights toward efficient and individually tailored project management.
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Today, the cycle of production is getting shorter, particularly since the market has been getting increasingly competitive, which leaves no space for IT project manager to fall behind nor can they afford to follow the method of “trial and error”. As (Lewis, 2007) cited that “project management is not for everyone”, managing a project cannot be taught, rather acquired through knowledge management. Project manager’s duties are multi dimensional; including administrative, technical skills, and personal traits, still, knowledge and expertise can be funneled to novice information systems project manager through some words of wisdom from successful project managers.

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