Project Management Meeting Hosted by Fortech

As one of the main Romanian providers of software outsourcing services, Fortech traditionally hosts and actively participates at a few profile events each month. On September 21st, Fortech hosted the monthly PMI Meeting. This is a closed event organized by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the leading professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. The event is addressed to Project Managers actively involved in software outsourcing.

PMI Meeting Hosted By Fortech

The agenda started with a message from the PMI representative and the CEO of Fortech and included three parts. In his opening speech, the CEO pointed out that the state of perpetual technological advancement we are witnessing nowadays continuously raises the expectations on the type of work the IT employees can tackle. Besides the programming skills, they need business knowledge and project management competencies to meet the increasing complexity of the projects they work on.

In the presentation that followed, the participants were given a perspective on the role of the project manager and the project management life-cycle approaches, with a focus on the change-driven methodologies that have been emerging lately in software development. It also touched the subject of objective versus perceived value of a project in the light of different ideologies. The presentation, entitled the “Value of change-driven methodologies in Project Management”, was co-delivered by 2 senior project managers from Fortech. By coupling expert insight with data driven opinions and real-business examples, the speakers encouraged questions and discussions among participants. The meeting continued with a panel discussion where participants had the chance to dig deeper into the main topic discussed. The meeting closed with a wrap-up of four key takeaways:

  • There is no such a thing like “one size fits all” solution when it comes about deciding whether to go down the agile road or not.
  • When the goals of the project and/or the deliverables are unknown or uncertain you might be better off with an agile approach.
  • The value is in the eye of the stakeholder. Therefore, collaboration with the customer is crucial, regardless of the methodologies you are applying.
  • Reality shows there is a big probability of the goal being changed along the way in the vast majority of business software projects.

The project management approaches in software outsourcing will keep evolving and the professionals in this industry will have to keep up with this progress.

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