Be an IT triple threat

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Certainly the above skill sets can be mixed and matched and other skill sets of note could be added. I divided them up in this way because of their relationship to each other. The first combination relates to the movement of data into and throughout the organizations. The second skill set combination is related to building and maintaining servers, SANs, and other large devices.

Because of the individual complexity and continual movement in each of these six highlighted technical areas, it’s enormously difficult to just become an expert in any one of them, let alone three. However, if you can be become expert in one and simply have a working knowledge in the other two, you become a rare and sought after commodity because of your versatility.

The last triple threat I would like to highlight is

1. Project manager
2. Business analyst
3. Subject matter expert in a specific area

If you are a regular reader of my ITworld blog, then you may have read my previous posts related to the power of the project manager / business analyst combination. Here, I would like to add a third component, namely deep knowledge in a specific business area. This area of expertise could be anything, healthcare systems, finance, human resources, investment management, engineering, insurance, or others. The key here is that deep topical knowledge in a specific business area greatly enhances your value and marketability as a business analyst and/or program manager within that market sector. Look at it this way, if you are trying to hire a business analyst to define the requirements of a new accounting system, all else being equal, would you hire the person with a deep understanding of accounting, or the person with no knowledge of the topic. For project managers and business analysts, topical specialization is the key to professional marketability.

If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com
or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.

Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.

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