Developing Skills With Technology And Tools

On-the-job training is not the way to learn new client/server development tools and techniques. A developer should certainly take classroom or computer-based training (CBT). However, developers should not embark on large-scale projects without first having successfully completed small projects. This would reduce project risk by allowing the developers to prove themselves on a smaller scale and give them the ability to more accurately estimate the effort involved. Project managers should also be trained in managing progressively larger projects focusing on multiple teams, task interdependencies, and multiple users.

On larger projects with new technologies, there can be many people with different levels of expertise attempting to make decisions. There are many levels of knowledge. This can range from what a person read in a magazine, to what they heard from someone else, to what they know from training, to what they know from working with a system or past development experience.

The first three levels of knowledge are fairly weak but pretty common. People's roles should be managed, based on a recognition of their level of knowledge to ensure that tasks are appropriately assigned, estimates are reliable, as well as that the decisions made and directions taken are sound. Reference checks should be made for new employees and outside consultants who claim to be "experts" to verify their level of expertise.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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