5 Tips for Transitioning Managers in the World of IT

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Let’s face it, technology has rapidly changed the way we do business — and markets, themselves, are shifting in a major way. We’re seeing steady progression across an entire industry and are taking on higher-paying opportunities in sectors that we never thought we would be. Managers are entering into new markets, as the realm of technology continues to evolve before our very eyes.

We demand innovation and watch it transform on a daily basis. Technologies broaden, but the markets haven’t been nearly as kind. Most agencies are understaffed and roles unfulfilled.

We’re seeing those with no formal education compete against MIT graduates. Project managers are stepping up, some of whom have never spent a single day behind the scenes. We’re seeing interns become directors and start-ups popping up all over the country. More people are working remotely, and central offices are no longer commonplace.

The workforce has become global, and we have begun to control our teams at a distance. We have more power than we ever did, and the possibilities are now endless.

With more opportunities in our hands, all it takes is a little bit of ambition and a simple roadmap to get you where you need to be. Let us help position you on your journey with these five tips for transitioning into IT project management — and ultimately, the transition to success!

#1 | Define your scope, build teams accordingly.

Before defining your scope, you will want to pay attention to your client’s business-related needs and objectives. This will include budget and resource availability, critical timelines and expectations. Your scope will give you a solid foundation to build upon and help you better identify the teams you will need to hire to get the job done both effectively and within a timely manner.

Identify your ideal team members, including areas of specialization, level of skill and how they will interact with one another.

Ask yourself:

ü Do you need them on-site, or can they work remotely?

ü How many people can you hire, and will you need to train them?

ü Will you need to hire an outsourcing agency, or are you going to recruit each member directly?

#2 | Schedule teams based on need, availability and areas of expertise.

Once your scope has been mapped out and your teams have been built, you will begin scheduling each member, as according to need, availability and area of expertise. You should pay special attention to the previous achievements and contributions made to other projects that they have worked on in the past.

Find common ground. Where previous contributions were with companies much larger or smaller than your own, translate scalability and decide whether those team members are capable of handling the tasks that you throw at them. Are they able to streamline daily tasks with speed, agility and a certain level of specialization?

Before positioning each team member, ask yourself how they will measure up against:

· Technical, leadership and/or managerial capabilities.

· Productivity, performance and/or efficiency, both as a team or on an individual basis.

· Dependability, resourcefulness and the customer experience.

#3 | How will your teams interact? Pay attention to interdisciplinary communication.

As you may already know, teams work differently, based on the admixture of personalities types, therein. This is where predictive hiring, behavioral analysis, networking and cultivated relationships can come in very handy for a project manager, regardless of industry.

If you have too many influencers on your team, who will plan and analyze? If there are too many leaders, who will handle administration and ensure compliances? Pairing teams, based on personality type, will allow each team to thrive, while encouraging personal growth and individual commitment.

Friction often leads projects to fail, underperform or fall short of expectation. This often happens when the team dynamic is overlooked and communication falters. On the contrary, teams matched based on personality, prove more productive, as they tend to exceed expectation for quality, turnaround and the overall customer experience.

#4 | Optimize your workforce, define the strengths and weaknesses of new and existing team members.

Similar to pairing based on personality types, we also find that one path to success may actually come from optimizing the workforce, directly. In optimizing the workforce, we look for certain factors or KPIs that will allow us to measure individual contributions and/or takeaways, such as:

· Behaviors in certain environments.

· Reactions to stress or actions under pressure.

· Individual strengths.

· Weaknesses amongst the team, itself.

These points will be indicators that someone is or isn’t a good fit for a particular project. While we can always develop strengths in an individual, sometimes time is a vital factor. Adding new teams would offset those members, who would not otherwise live up to certain expectations — or the skill level, necessary, to carry out individual tasks or timelines, as associated with each project.

Pairing teams, based on personality type, will continue a major hand in the success of each project or client portfolio. However, strengths can be drawn from those individual aspects and used as additional indicators of key personality types we need to recruit in optimizing the workforce, directly.

#5 | Understand missed opportunities in the hiring cycle.

We face many roadblocks, as project managers, when it comes to hiring qualified talents for key projects within our portfolio. These roadblocks almost seem counterproductive from the start of each project and in the development of our teams, over time. We rush hiring processes to meet deadlines and in catering to dependencies across entire lifecycles, therein.

Due to the lack of efficient manpower, budget shortages and the fulfillment of outside obligations, the hiring process is often one of the first processes to be shortchanged at the onset of each project. And because we ultimately must juggle each project on an individual basis, we can’t spend a whole lot of time in the recruiting, training, interviewing and onboarding of incoming talents. We end up relying too much on our immediate networks, career sites and job boards to provide us with the talent we need to get the job done.

To make matters worse, most of these resources will then rely on ATS engines to provide us with a pool of qualified talents, who we must then interview, develop and onboard accordingly. ATS engines, however, will only provide us with those candidates who meet certain criteria and have found a way through key algorithms. Up to 75% of today’s top talents will actually never be seen.

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3D Eye Solutions by 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc.: One company that gets it!

3D Eye Solutions by 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc.: One company that gets it!

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A new venture emerges in the 3D Entertainment Marketplace with an “evolved” understanding of New World Marketing. 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (OTC Pink: TDEY), is a Smart Technology, 3D Entertainment Distribution and Development Company, which is soon to be releasing products and services into mainstream media in the near future.

With the aid of Mobile 3D Devices, such as the HTC Evo 3D (a bit older version of 3D technology, but a definite innovator), and 3D Television Sets and Monitors, 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc. is focusing all business efforts on 2D and 3D Content Media Creation, distributing content through applications and smart devices.

Operating out of Southlake, Texas, this company seeks to join the few in the rapidly growing World of 3D Entertainment. As the expansion in sales of 3D TVs and 3D Mobile Devices increases and technologies evolve, 3D Entertainment Holdings envisions expansion and evolution within its own company that will eventually lead to innovation in the 3D Entertainment Industry.

Also evolved, they start with their marketing and business development plans, where they plan to take advantage of Internet Marketing, Social Branding and Mobile Marketing strategies — the perfect mix for any brand emerging in today’s “High Tech” Marketplace!

Through highly evolved internet marketing strategies, 3D Eye Solutions will introduce their products, services and innovative ideals to consumers and shareholders, while keeping their brand “Social” by “Branding Socially!” They also understand that they key to influence is through personal interaction with Social Media jump starting the conversation! This is also the first step in taking the company viral amongst “shares,” “recommendations,” and awareness.

3D Eye Solutions dedicates 90% of their marketing efforts to Social Branding, which is a mix of “Social,” “Mobile” and Internet Marketing. This will also bridge Press and Brand Awareness on an Online and an Offline basis through followers, media and a Word of Mouth presence.

Finally, Mobile Marketing will allow users to connect, subscribe and download applications directly to personal Mobile Devices and share their findings with friends in continuing the Viral Marketing process. Their Mobile Marketing strategy includes both Offline and Online initiatives, as consumers will be able to download mobile applications and content for free by scanning QR Codes with their Mobile Device. Direct download links will be shared on Social Networks via Online Platform and Mobile Application methods.

Over time, free delivery and downloads will evolve into paid, low-cost monthly subscriptions. All marketing initiatives will include 3D and 2D content to showcase the brand’s “monster” on a cross-platform basis.

Products and Services of 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc. are set to include “full length movies, TV shows, Shorts, Dramas and original programming.” They will also provide subscribers with a 3D TV App. Television and movie studios will also be creating content for 3D television networks and technology which will be available for licensing to other Media Distribution Networks.

The key is relationships and personability. It appears 3D Entertainment Holdings has a firm initiative in taking 3D to the next level. Content by 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc. will be delivered over Smart Applications available inside the perspective app store over mobile devices, Set Top Boxes, Television sets, Cable and Satellite systems, Worldwide, bridging the gap between Internet, Mobile and “Old School” Technologies.

3D Eye Solutions, Inc., the content-creating sub-brand of 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc., “produces and processes media content for corporate, venues, and trade show events. The Company also provides turnkey systems and converting existing media to enable end users to showcase properties in a multi-view format.”

Outside businesses taking advantage of this company’s technologies, distribution and marketing points stand to gain much success in this in-demand avenue of content consumption. 3D is always considered “innovative,” no matter how old the technology actually is. The reason is that it is always being implemented into new technologies and improved over time.

Consumers seek “realism” in fantasy and seek novelty in consumption. Where will our 3-Dimensional technology take us next? “The possibilities are endless,” and 3D Entertainment Holdings, Inc. will lend a hand in taking us there!

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