A few months ago we learned from a global project-based IT company that they had decided to actively reduce the number of project managers they employed through natural wastage and, if necessary, redundancy. This is not a reflection of any downturn in workload, in fact the contrary, but it is a reflection of the value they perceive in the ‘dedicated’ project manager role. Their approach going forward is for systems architects to assume the project management responsibilities as part of a dual role. This decision appears contradictory in a world where there is an overt drive to making project management a profession and to espouse the value that project management can bring to an organisation.
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