The question: How do I get a project management role?
I have been an IT consultant for eight years and I am near the end of an MCSE (Microsoft certified systems engineer) course . I am considering doing an ITIL course to get into project management. What would you advise?
The solution: Get experience of Prince2 methodology
It would be beneficial to highlight any project management experience in your CV and to incorporate a project summary.
ITIL is an industry-recognised certification for IT professionals and many organisations see it as an advantage. However, the Prince2 accreditation is the de facto standard for project management in the UK. Accreditation is governed by the passing of two qualifications: foundation and practitioner.
Project management is a complex discipline and it would be wrong to assume that blind application of Prince2 will result in a successful project. By the same token, it would be wrong to assume that every aspect of Prince2 will be applicable to every project. The positive aspect is that Prince2 can be tailored to the needs of projects.
It is also worth looking at Six Sigma, a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology for eliminating defects in any process from manufacturing to transaction and from product to service. It was developed by Motorola in the 1980s when the company was looking to eliminate the variations in its business processes that led to defects.
Training on a Microsoft project is also worthwhile to open yourself to as many opportunities as possible.
Solution by Nick Dettmar, product director, Computer People
The panel: Computer People, Hudson, No Limits Coaching, The Training Camp, Wreay Group
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This was first published in November 2006