Is team spirit vital for effective IT?

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

Yes: 85%

No: 15%

IT is a team game, according to the senior professionals surveyed for this week's Big Question.

Stephen Thomas-Olsen, infrastructure manager at Octane Solutions, said, "I believe team spirit is vital for IT as the majority of positions within IT are reliant on support and effective communication from others.

"Effective team spirit creates higher productivity and, most importantly, a more enjoyable working environment."

Several other IT managers agreed that communication is exceptionally important in the IT environment, especially considering the amount of contractors currently employed throughout the industry.

One project manager said the image of the geek sitting in the corner had had its day because projects now demand much more business acumen and transferable skills rather than pure development and programming.

"Team spirit is vital to good project management and therefore it should be encouraged at an early stage, with a clear set of goals and objectives for each team member," said another senior IT professional.

A systems analyst at BAE Systems said, "Team spirit is just as important within the IT world as it is in any other. I generally work on my own, but it's good to have colleagues around for support and advice - most of the time we all have different areas of specialism so we work well together."


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