A report recently released by ComputerWeekly found enterprise IT departments in all industries are greatly altering the project tracking and management tactics used to maximize the potential of an initiative. According to the news provider, IT has successfully adapted more traditional management procedures to suit their processes, which are often more convoluted than those within other industries.
The growing importance of IT staffs and their projects makes these developments especially beneficial for software development teams or any other IT workers, since they provide much-needed guidance. Many senior project mangers and other workers may not understand the true methods of IT teams or departments, but having slightly altered their project management methods, they can make the process more successful.
As IT has become more complex and encompassing, some organizations have opted to refine their teams. Dividing projects between a series of teams lends itself to the use of agile development and other lean management strategies. For example, a bug tracker can work closely with developers throughout the project and make adjustment as needed, rather than waiting until they are a stage late in the process to make the necessary changes.
Agile and lean have been proven to improve the efficiency of projects, but it took a long time to provide IT departments with the tools necessary to implement and follow these methods. Since the industry as whole was often relegated to a less visible role, it had little say in the use of any method or changes to project management policy.
ComputerWeekly points to the early part of the last decade as the turning point for IT project management. The fervor over the Y2K threat forced IT into a more decisive role that it has yet to relinquish.
When the year turned from 1999 to 2000 with few issues, C-level executives began to view enterprise IT departments and workers as more than a support system. IT departments became business-critical elements of operations, on par with sectors, such as accounting, human resources and sales. Since, its become clear that IT is more important than these other departments as the reliance on technology to boost efficiency, innovation and value has increased drastically.
Oddly, many departments now rely on IT or support IT, according to ComputerWeekly. The news provider points specifically to the business analyst position, which now must adjust budgets to the whims of IT workers.