Do you know what a Gantt chart is? Have you ever wondered how a matrix organization works? If you already know the meanings of these terms, then chances are that you’ve had some experience working on—or perhaps even managed—at least one IT project. And if you don’t know them, then you’d better start studying up now.
Project management, or the practice of systematically executing a complex venture through sequential phases, has become something of a job role in information technology, not unlike a storage networking specialist or a system admin. It’s more than that, though. Even IT pros who aren’t project managers should have some level of familiarity in this growing field. Luckily, CompTIA, which offers the Project+ certification, has just posted its glossary of project management terms on its Web site. The best part is that it’s free and available to one and all.
“This glossary was developed by CompTIA, using a variety of industry references and a number of project management subject-matter experts,” said Neill Hopkins, vice president of skills development for the organization. “We feel the definitions are relevant to both CompTIA Project+ certification as well as other project management certifications available in the market. The definitions are relevant to project management generally and are not specifically tied to IT project management. While every project has its own unique set of challenges, there is a common core of language that the project manager will encounter.”
In keeping the glossary non-industry-specific, CompTIA is staying true to the essence of the discipline, which is hardly limited to IT. “Project management has evolved into a pervasive skill that crosses multiple departments and job titles,” Hopkins said. “This glossary captures in a single document the words, phrases and terminology commonly used by successful project managers.”
For more information, see http://www.comptia.org.