PM Community Of Practice (PMCOP) Meeting: Confessions of a Non-Technical Project Manager in a Techie World

A NYS Forum GTC-East Presentation

Session Overview

The next Project Manager Community of Practice Meeting will be held on September 25th in conjunction with GTC-East. This will be a 'brown-bag session' so feel free to being your lunch with you.

Diana Pinto, PMP is a Project Manager in the Information Technology Department of the NYS Thruway Authority and will be presenting "Confessions of a Non-Technical Project Manager in a Techie World".

"Or how to survive leading projects in a world full of acronyms. Many people in my organization think I am technically astute because I work in the Information Technology Department. Truth is, I am not, but fully understanding all the technical details is not my role. As a project manager, my role is to keep our IT projects on track through completion. This presentation will address how a person without a technical background can successfully manage a technical project. The focus will be on an approach that includes Trust, Communication, Coordination, and staying three (3) steps ahead (or the TCC3 approach).

As I develop these concepts, I will share my experiences as a project manager and review some of the foundations of project management. It is sometimes a challenge not having a technical background, but fortunately I quickly learn the technical aspects with the help of my expert resources. My focus is on the goals of the project, obtaining the resources required, staying within the budget and working together to get the job done."

This is a great opportunity to learn how you, as a non-technical PM, can survive a technical project!



This session is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Time & Place:

  • Thursday, September 25, 2008
  • 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
  • Meeting Room 6, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY