Skills for IT Project Management: The View From EU Frameworks

Skills for IT Project Management: The View From EU Frameworks

Luis Fernández Sanz (University of Alcalá, Spain), Vera Pospelova (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain), Ana Castillo-Martinez (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain), María Teresa Villalba (Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain), Manuel de Buenaga (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain) and Marián Fernández de Sevilla (Universidad de Alcalá, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1279-1.ch007


IT project management requires qualified staff capable of facing the rapidly changing conditions and even terminology of technology while managing large teams of people where main costs come from human work. A key factor for managing human side of IT is the understanding of the essential feature of people performance: skills. Capability to cope with this highly demanding field should firstly rely on clear and standardized frameworks for skills, not only the technical or hard ones but also the soft or behavioral ones, considered by employers as essential for employees' productivity. This chapter shows how the recent development of frameworks and standards in European Union (e.g. EN16234 or ESCO classification) is enabling the powerful exploitation of open big data from existing skills analysis systems for a more precise and solid determination of recommended skills for IT project management. The analysis will especially focus on the behavioral skills.
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Foundational Concepts And Methodology

Our work with the skills and occupational side of IT project management is based on a simple set of steps as methodology to address the research questions. Our research questions can be expressed as follows:

  • RQ1: can the EU skills frameworks be combined to generate a skills profiles of the IT project management area?

  • RQ2: can the EU skills frameworks enable a NCS profile for the IT project management area?

The methodology for answering the questions can be described as follows:

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