The IT Project Management Lessons Obamacare Taught Us

By ATR International |   Fri, Nov 22, 2013 @ 08:32 AM

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’re aware of the problems with the launch of HealthCare.gov, a key part of the Affordable Care Act. It is a debacle and largely seems to be the result of some common IT project mistakes – mistakes that those of us who work in the industry have seen before, unfortunately too often. 

There are many examples to choose from but let’s start with these:

  1. Incomplete understanding of the business
  2. Uncertainty regarding the specifications
  3. Unrealistic deadlines
  4. No proper end to end testing and verification
  5. Ignoring warnings that things were not well
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IT Trends For The Second Half of 2013

By ATR International |   Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 08:46 AM

There’s been lots of interesting stuff in the news recently. I’d like to highlight several articles that discuss different but related issues facing CIOs, HR, and any others responsible for staffing and managing an IT department or company. 

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PMP Certification a Must for Today's IT Project Managers

By ATR International |   Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 08:55 AM

It’s surprising how many seasoned IT Project Managers do not have a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Getting certified is certainly an investment in both time and money, but in this competitive job market it’s important to set yourself apart from the next candidate. Especially for those that consider Project Management to be a long-term career and not a stepping stone, it holds tremendous value.

Some don’t give much merit to professional certifications, but a growing number of employers prefer consultants who are PMP holders.  It can be argued that after years of schooling and actual professional project management experience, a PMP accreditation will not teach you anything new, and this may be true in a sense. However, in this competitive economy where employers receive a multitude of resumes for a single job opening, a PMP certification acts as a sort of “proof of competency” which often speaks for itself and can be the difference in making the first cut. There are other benefits to consider as well:

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ATR International Named Silicon Valley's Top Minority-Owned Business

By ATR International |   Tue, Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:55 AM

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