Success Principle: Build You Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses
Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

I have a cousin who was a skilled, talented artist in high school. Whenever he was painting a portrait, he would be playing his favorite rock band and be singing and dancing along … all at the same time!

One thing led to another, and his “artistic skills flourished into an entrepreneurial side business” and he started selling his portraits to supermarket chains!

Then it was time for college and his parents insisted on him choosing a career like “building engineering” that promised a stable income with lots of growth potentials vs. that of an entrepreneurial artist.

The Secrets of Successful Software Projects In A Nutshell

How To Avoid The Pitfalls of IT /  Tech Project Failure
How To Avoid The Pitfalls of IT / Tech Project Failure

Key findings from several reports have shown that up to 60% of Software / Information Technology (IT) Projects fail because of cost / budget overruns, and missed or poorly delivered functionality.

In this article, I will show you how to prevent that from happening to you or your projects …

How To Get Extensive Hands-on Experience In Information Technology

How To Gain Hands-on Experience in-Information Technology
How To Gain Hands-on Experience in-Information Technology

When it comes to the Information Technology Industry, getting more hands-on experience is one of your most important professional development activities.

In this post, I will explain how information technology workers including business analysts, computer programmers, database developers, data analysts, project managers, software testers and infrastructure / networking professionals can gain extensive, high visibility, career defining hands-on experience!

More Opportunities To Get Hands-on Experience

By far, the number one place to find hands-on project experience in the information technology industry is in web or software development projects!

Which Software Development Life Cycle Is Best?

Your Guide To Software Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, SDLC, Extreme ...)
Your Guide To Software Development Methodologies (Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, SDLC, Extreme ...)

Models like Agile, Extreme Programming, Scrum or Waterfall are used by project managers, business analysts, software developers or quality assurance analysts to describe how a project is managed or a software product is built.

The software development life cycle determines how risks are managed, business requirements documented, resources estimated and allocated, stakeholder expectations or customer feedback is managed and when software / quality assurance testing is performed.

Each software development model recommends a set of guidelines or best practices for developing software.

Is your Project Sponsor a Servant Leader?

Project Sponsors, Servant Leaders?
Project Sponsors, Servant Leaders?

Having good or effective project sponsors is one of the ways you can prevent project failure which is a real problem considering that nearly two – thirds of projects fail!

The project sponsor is not the business analyst even though the project sponsor helps the business analyst in gathering requirements and the project sponsor is not the project manager even though the project sponsor helps the project manager deliver a successful project.

It is the project sponsor’s job to ensure that the project team (project manager, business analysts, and team lead) have the technical or operational resources they need and that the project is aligned with the strategic needs of the organization.

Success Principle: Learn the Most Marketable Skills

Learn a Top 100 Most Marketable Skill
Learn a Top 100 Most Marketable Skill

As a career coach one of the challenges that many of my clients face is that of learning the most marketable skills in the current job market.

An example is a client that I will call John who has been looking for a while even though he has an advanced management degree (MBA).

He wonders why he’s constantly getting turned down for business analyst jobs even though he is certain of this: most of those getting hired are less educated than him!

Getting Things Done: The Art Of Time Management

GTD: Getting Things Done By David Allen
GTD: Getting Things Done By David Allen

It is important in business to deliver whatever is promised on time.

However, the urgency attached to deadlines can become overwhelming due to all the multi-tasking, conflicting priorities or task / time juggling that we all have to do!

However, from the viewpoint of a client or employer, saying, “I didn’t have enough time is a sure sign of poor time management skills or incompetency.”

The inconvenient truth is that missing a deadline is unprofessional and excuses are no longer welcome in today’s fast-paced workplace.

Pros and Cons of Business Analysts vs Computer Programmer Careers

Pros and Cons of Computer Programming vs. Business Analysis
Pros and Cons of Computer Programming vs. Business Analysis

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career, job or business situations.

I get a number of questions from computer programmers or software developers looking to change their careers to business analysis or project management.

I also receive questions about the suitability of business analysis, project management or computer programming as a career.

If you sent me a question along these lines, please use this post to evaluate your choices or decide on the best career for you!

How To Get Into IT Management?

Get Into IT Management
Get Into IT Management
There comes a time in your career when you will have to take a serious look at the possibility of moving into management.

This may be preceded by a time of dis-satisfaction with the status quo either because:

  • You are beginning to feel that you have hit a glass ceiling
  • You are thinking that you would do a better job than some managers you’ve worked for

How To Lead or Manage Software Development Projects

How To Lead or Manage Projects
How To Lead or Manage Projects

Statistics show that the majority of software development (web, IT, desktop, mobile…) projects are doomed to fail from inception.

The challenges facing technical leads, project managers, software development, IT managers or project sponsors are often under-estimated leading to less than successful projects.

While some software teams may argue or live in-denial of the risk facing their projects, the facts are that more than 60% of software projects fail!

The effects of poorly managed software projects are also obvious. They include:

How To Become A Project Manager: Work On A Project!

Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun
Making Things Happen

Scott Berkun, a former Microsoft Program Manager shares his views about becoming a project manager.

His views are startingly similar to the views we have been posting on this website … that getting more handson experience is the best way to jumpstart your career!

Notice Scott does not start with a long list of educational requirements or certifications for aspiring project managers but with something that you have heard me talk a lot about … hands-on experience!

Scott’s Advice for Aspiring Project Managers:

  • WORK ON A PROJECT.

  • Go make something …