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Technical Project Management

The definition for Technical Project Management as developed by approximately 100 Thought Leaders (mostly Chief Technology Officers and Chief Information Officers) through three meetings and follow-up surveys to gain consensus is:

Technical Project Management comprises the planning and management of a technical initiative from concept through to a concrete deliverable. This includes overall responsibility for outcomes and requires specific knowledge of technologies, applied methodologies and development models to ensure success in planning, managing budget, estimation and execution of the project. Additionally, this area is responsible for change management. The Technical Project Management serves as the liaison between the business and technical experts.
—This definition was adapted from Iasa Global with input from national IT Thought Leaders.

After the “thought leader” meetings, subject matter experts (SMEs) for this “Technical Project Management” cluster were recruited to attend meetings held to discuss, rank, and revise a pro-forma list of tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities. The meeting discussion and vote results were synthesized and presented again to the SMEs who participated in the meetings for verification.

Each document below is considered a draft.

Anyone can access the material by clicking in the table below – online viewing via the “Section” column and PDF/Excel downloads via the “Downloads/Documents” column. To be able to comment on the various documents you will need to click on the “Sign in” link in the “Comments/Access” column.

Note: The goal of this grant is to consider these all “living documents” subject to ongoing revision quarterly based on additional SME comments submitted below. While the time required to provide SME comments may vary, the estimated completion time for all 4 sections below is 45- 60 minutes. SMEs can choose which sections to comment on.


*Anyone is welcome to use, modify, and/or distribute ITSS findings and data, but you must give clear attribution to the source of this material by citing “IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond (NSF ATE project grant DUE 1838535).”

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