What is a T-shaped project manager?

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You see the term T-shaped project manager coming up more and more often. Is it a trend word or can it really add value to your personal development as a project manager?

"T-shaped skills - or a T-shaped person - is a reference to qualities that make an employee valuable; they possess excellent knowledge of and skills in specific areas and are good at working with others in a collaborative way. Corporate Finance Institute"

MOJEO provides T-shaped project managers in various specific disciplines such as Agile/Scrum at healthcare organizations and project managers with experience in the telecom world. Are you curious to what extent we can give your project a real MOJO boost? Plan here a consultation!

Where did the term come from?

The term originally comes from the software development community. In fact, a T-shaped developer is someone who has extensive experience in their role and specific knowledge of a particular industry. A T-shaped developer has general knowledge of the core business and specific knowledge in software development.

You can imagine that when developing software it is helpful if you understand the rationale behind the service or business value. With a project manager this is no different, understanding the project organization and added value of a project to the customer is part of a project management role.

Example T-shaped project manager

How do you become a T-shaped project manager?

As a project manager, if you want to capitalize on the T-Shaped project manager trend, you obviously need to have a toolbox of certifications such as Prince2, Kanban, Scrum or Six Sigma for in-depth knowledge in the project management profession.

Next, it is important that you develop a deep skillset in a specific field. For example, as a project manager, you might focus on projects within the information technology branch at healthcare institutions or customer service departments at telecom organizations.

The opposite of a T-shaped project manager is an I-shaped project manager. This project manager has a lot of in-depth knowledge about one specific subject and is not employable in other departments within a company.

The benefits of a T-shaped project manager

A T-shaped project manager works more easily with his Stakeholders and team members. You can simply understand each other better and balance interests well. Additionally, as a project manager, you can deliver business value faster and more focused since you understand what the propositions contribute to the target customer and organization.

MOJEO provides T-shaped project managers in various specific disciplines such as Agile/Scrum at Healthcare organizations and project managers with experience in the telecom world. Wondering to what extent we can give your project a real MOJO boost? Plan here a consultation!

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