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Charles Wigand

Freelance Project Management Consultant

United StatesToptal Member Since June 21, 2018

Chuck Wigand has been managing software projects for startups and enterprises, like IHS Markit, for over 15 years. By combing his project management experience with his product management expertise, his clients get the full landscape perspective that exceeds their expectations. He typically reports directly to senior leadership, having honed the skills for direct, efficient, and accurate reporting for their needs.

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Alexander Weekes

Freelance Project Management Consultant

United KingdomToptal Member Since July 26, 2018

Alex's skills as a project manager helped integrate athlete management tech into many UK universities such as Birmingham City University. He joined Toptal to add his expertise in Agile methodologies and best practice leadership techniques to help complete innovative projects and add value to end users' products. As a PMI member, he is proficient at operating within a varied company structure from SMEs to enterprise organizations.

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Roxana Grigore

Freelance Project Management Consultant

SingaporeToptal Member Since June 22, 2018

Roxana actively contributed as a developer, scrum master, and technology manager to a company's Agile transformation for five years. Always curious to answer the WHY questions behind Agile, she found great support in the Agile communities and her MBA studies. After being an executive business and IT change agent at Adidas, she decided to serve more startup leaders to create success stories with the power of this new mindset as an Agile coach.

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Seamus Ryan

Freelance Project Management Consultant

IrelandToptal Member Since July 6, 2018

Seamus has spent a large portion of his career at Microsoft—starting as a developer, moving onto a project manager role, then as a scrum master, and finally as an Agile coach for an organization of scrum masters. He has extensive experience in delivering line-of-business apps with a particular emphasis on moving applications into the cloud. Seamus is currently working on artificial intelligence and blockchain use in games.

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Edgar Emilio Polanco Gomez

Freelance Project Management Consultant

MexicoToptal Member Since August 28, 2018

Edgar is a senior project manager with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry who specializes in software quality assurance and development. He's skilled at leading remote and multinational teams in agile and waterfall environments within a variety of organization sizes, from startups to large Fortune 500 organizations. His expertise encompasses various industries including healthcare, telecommunications, eCommerce, and education.

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Kenny Fakunle

Freelance Project Management Consultant

United StatesToptal Member Since October 14, 2018

Kenny is a veteran agile project manager and management consultant with broad experience in both agile and waterfall methodologies working in the information technology, new media, and professional services industries. Kenny has spent the last 11 years helping organizations improve their project performance, operations, and processes. He has demonstrated experience with agile software development and business transformation initiatives.

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Rodney deJong

Freelance Project Management Consultant

CanadaToptal Member Since February 15, 2019

Specializing in the delivery of services, Rodney is a project manager with a passion to help his clients succeed. He does this by understanding the business value of technological solutions and acting as a trusted advisor and change agent throughout the customer journey. When Rodney starts a project, he takes the time upfront to build a strong relationship by being responsive, establishing quality communication channels, and being available.

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Tomasz Modzelewski

Freelance Project Management Consultant

PolandToptal Member Since December 7, 2018

Tomasz is a seasoned, enthusiastic, and goal-oriented professional with far-ranging experience in project and portfolio management in a variety of industries. He joined Toptal to find work on IT-related projects, preferably with a good mix of software and infrastructure in all types of organizations—from startup to enterprise.

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Filip Yonov

Freelance Project Management Consultant

NetherlandsToptal Member Since October 21, 2019

Filip is a product manager with a decade of experience in consulting, IT project management, and product development. He's currently responsible for ING's data streaming platform with Kafka and its ecosystems of 40 ING markets. He has experience as a senior product owner at REWE Digital and as a product owner at IBM for Docker Containers. He has a proven delivery track record and product management capabilities in various capacities.

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Konstantine Shengelia

Freelance Project Management Consultant

GeorgiaToptal Member Since November 30, 2018

Konstantine is a team-oriented agile leader with a successful track record and experience spanning project management, technical management, agile coaching, product management, and UX. Having worked with numerous companies from digital agencies to leading a national commercial bank on the agile transformation path, Konstantine understands how to identify a starting point and adjust to organizations and teams with various agile maturity levels.

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Vinod Sukumaran

Freelance Project Management Consultant

IndiaToptal Member Since March 30, 2019

With more than 15 years of experience as a seasoned technical project manager, tech leader, and agile coach, Vinod has managed projects end to end (including tech/product roadmaps) to ensure maximum customer satisfaction and business revenue. An expert in coordinating diverse teams and resources to complete objectives, Vinod has worked with startups, SMBs, and large corporations focused on developing web and mobile products for global customers.

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Guide to Hiring a Great Project Management Consultant

This guide outlines every consideration when hiring a project manager. It provides an in-depth overview of the skill set, qualifications, and methodologies that a great PM should be familiar with.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Hiring Project Managers

When to Look for a Project Manager to Hire

It’s never too early to have a PM who can help you assemble the right team for your project. By having the right expert, you can always rely on somebody with the right skills to help you form the top performing team and add a lighting start to your project.

Even if you already have a team working on your project and want to improve its throughput, it’s sometimes wiser to add a project manager to the team instead of increasing the technical headcount. This helps to reduce waste, remove the unnecessary management overheads from the technical team members, and improve the overall efficiency of your team through project management processes.

Considerations When Bringing On a PM

When looking for a project management consulting expert whether you are in the United States or aboard, consider the fact that you might not necessarily need a PM working full time on your project. You can always hire part-time remote PMs who are experts in their fields and can help you manage projects effectively, even if they are on the other side of the world. Modern communication tools allow you to check in with the PM on a regular basis. This provides a lot of flexibility when looking for world-class talent and can help you stay within your budgetary constraints.

It is essential to have a project manager once your team surpasses a “two-pizza” size rule and grows beyond 6 or 7 people. After this point, constant communication between all team members becomes sporadic and incomplete, and this is where project managers really help you to stay on top of your project.

Growing Your Project Management Team

If you are running a project with 20 people or more, you probably already have a PM in your team. If this is the case, it’s always a good idea to consider helping him stay on top of your project by hiring Scrum masters and other supporting project managers. This can make sure that you don’t overrun your PM with too many small tasks at once, and that he can focus on keeping the whole project on track.

For even larger teams and enterprise projects, it’s always good to make sure you have enough people in your project management office structure and that you are not missing any specific type of PMs you might need. Specializations such as Salesforce PMs, PMP PMs, or Enterprise Coaches can be hard roles to fill, therefore a lot of enterprises start problem-solving with remote world-class experts to help their projects grow.

What to look for in a project manager

What to Look For When Hiring a Project Manager

Successful project management is a complex suite of different tasks joined in one overarching umbrella. It’s rather different from other disciplines because it encompasses a lot of soft skills like communication skills which are harder to test or define. This guide is going to outline all the important bits about how to hire a project manager, and the things you should look for when picking the right one for your project.

Key Things to Check Before Hiring a Project Manager

Project management is a discipline that has been standardized and reinvented often throughout its history. Starting with Ford’s and Gantt’s theories and moving into a modern age of LEAN, Agile, and Scrum. A good project manager should be able to explain these concepts by heart. Even if they are not working with that particular methodology, good PMs should be able to show capability in running project management tasks such as:

  • Daily Standup – A meeting format of a brief daily meeting for the whole team. The intent of the standup is to elicit quick updates about the task performed, current plans, deliverables, and if anything is blocking them.
  • Sprint Planning – A meeting where you plan your next Sprint and involve the whole team in deciding and voting on how difficult each user story is, and what they think the team can achieve in the next sprint.
  • Sprint Review – A review meeting similar to a user acceptance test. It happens after each sprint. It is where the project team demonstrates the results of the work that they have done in the sprint, and the product owner and stakeholders accept the work.
  • Sprint Retrospective – A form of a meeting where the whole team gets to reflect on project goals and what went well, what could be improved and what will they commit to in the next sprint.
  • Release Planning – An exercise where a high-level plan is made for the few sprints ahead. To successfully deliver release planning the team will need a prioritized and estimated product backlog, the estimated velocity of the team, and other general goals of the project.
  • Preparing a WBS structure – In more traditional project management, work breakdown structures (WBS) are recognized as fundamental building blocks for project management practice. The WBS provides a framework on which costs, time, and performance can be compared against the budget for each level of the WBS.
  • Preparation of the RFPs and RFQs – Request for proposal (RFP) and request for quotation (RFQ) are documents that are sent to suppliers to find out their offerings. This format is usually used when looking for outsourcing partners or custom off the shelf solutions.

Project managers you hire should also be confident with using and explaining their preference of tools and be able to apply their knowledge to use these tools to affect change in their projects. These are some of the most popular tools PMs should be aware of:

  • JIRA – This is pretty much an industry standard for Agile and Scrum projects at the moment.
  • Basecamp – A popular choice for smaller teams and startups, has specific functionality that works well for small businesses and medium businesses.
  • Redmine - This is an open source alternative used by companies who are looking for free and open source tools they can modify themselves.
  • Asana – Helps with more traditional project management and has good support for tools such as Gantt charts.
  • Trello – Implements a very advanced version of Kanban workflow which can be tailored to the needs of your team.

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Qualifications

Even though qualifications alone will not ensure that a PM is a right fit for your project, they are good indications of experience and professional level that the PM might have. Many of these require a college degree as a prerequisite and can require lengthy studying to obtain them.

  • Agile Certified Practitioner – Accredited by the PMI with a specific focus on agile processes in different areas.
  • Certified Scrum Master – Accredited by the Scrum Alliance and ensures understanding of scrum specific values and practices.
  • PMP – Accredited by the PMI and often used by IT professionals and CIOs.
  • CAPm – Fundamental framework for traditional PM skills.
  • PRINCE2 – UK-based certification usually used and required in the public sector projects.

Technical Knowledge and Skills of a Project Management Professional

If you are planning to have a technical project, where the technology involved is complex and requires specific technical knowledge, it would be a good idea to hire a project manager who has a certain level of technical know how. These are a few reasons why you might want to hire a technical project manager:

  • Talking the “Language” – Having a technical project manager would make sure that the technical team members feel much more understood when it comes to evaluating the challenges they are tackling. For example, if your PM has previous experience as a developer it will be much easier for him to talk to developers and understand their pain points and complaints. He can much more easily build a rapport with the team by communicating in the common “language” everyone is familiar with. This often leads to more respect within a project team and a better overall cohesion within the team.
  • Evaluating Estimations – A technical project manager can also help the project have more realistic estimations. A common understanding of the difficulty of the project reduces the chance that the developers will take longer than needed to finish the tasks. Technical understanding also helps the project manager better prioritize the task by knowing how much business value the tasks or business processes bring and what technical problems the team might encounter. For example, if your PM has a good understanding of data science problems, he or she will be able to judge the scope of a new machine learning initiative much better than a PM without such knowledge.
  • Previous Tech Experience – A good technical manager can help the team be more efficient by choosing the technologies that have previously worked on his or her other projects. It also helps if the manager can judge the best abilities of his teammates and help delegate the work accordingly. For example, if your PM has experience in app building projects and how difficult continuous integration and testing for an iOS app can be, he or she has a much better chance to prepare the team, select the right tools for the job, and share his experience with the tech lead.

Skills and qualifications for project management

Real Life Use Cases for Project Managers

Here are few scenarios how these skills and competencies apply in a real project.

Agile

The startup is looking for a technical project manager who could take over a team of front end developers working on the look and feel for their platform. Every iteration needs to be presented and approved by the stakeholders at the company.

In this situation, it’s best to look for an Agile developer with experience running Scrum-based projects. A good test would be to provide the PM with a vague expectation of what you want the project to do and get them to talk you through the process of extracting requirements and converting them into stories. A conversation surrounding how they would run a Sprint Zero would give good insight into whether they are capable of executing a project kick off. Understanding priorities and how to apply the MoSCoW model or Kano model can be demonstrated by giving them a list of requirements and asking them to talk you through prioritization. Another test would be to assume that you are nearing the end of a sprint with outstanding stories and get them to explain their process for what they do next, how they handle stakeholders, and how do they plan the next sprint.

Scrum

A small but growing business has an IT department, focusing on a sole digital product—an industry expert-oriented newsletter. They want to manage their growth from a team of two developers into a larger full-time team, however, for that they need to start using PM tools and establish a set of frameworks they will use for the remainder of their project.

This sort of situation usually requires a project manager who is an expert in various implementations of Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban. They would also need to have knowledge of various project management tools that allow implementing these Agile based processes such as JIRA, Basecamp, Asana, Trello, etc. Look for PMs with startup experience as this usually helps with a project that has a large amount of change and uncertainty.

SAFe

Within a large enterprise, there is a team of three developers that has grown organically out of the back-end systems group. Their current logging solution is a great help for the company technologically, however, nobody is sure where they should take this project next. So far, the features have been dictated by the technical feature list compiled by the team, but now the team members and their managers have realized they need a dedicated project manager for this project. How do you choose the right project manager for the job?

First, we should look for the skills that our potential candidate might have that will match the current theme and goal of the project. If it’s a logging framework developed by the small team within the enterprise, we might need a technical Agile project manager who would have generally a good understanding about the back-end systems and the problems they are usually faced with. If we are planning to maintain this or develop it into a bigger system within the company, somebody with knowledge of SAFe framework might be a more appropriate candidate for the job since they will need to manage the growth of this team within the enterprise setting and with constrained budget requirements.

Waterfall

A company needs a project manager to manage an infrastructure deployment project where a team of 40 people is going to deploy a new networking infrastructure into a brand new data center. The PM will be managing multiple vendors and tracking their delivery times.

In this sort of situation, it’s best to look for the PM who is familiar with Waterfall methodologies and can deliver projects in a traditional project management environment. ITIL and other infrastructure management certifications can also help to screen for the right PMs.

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How Can I Find A Project Manager That Has The Experience I Am Looking For?

When starting to look for a project manager that would be a good match for your project, you should look into the core problems your project is trying to solve. This dictates the larger set of skills and requirements you will have for your PM. As illustrated in the scenarios above, some projects might need a PM with a lot of Agile startup experience, some will require a specific type of certifications and an ability to work well in the enterprise setting.

Here at Toptal, we have a complete suite of project managers specializing in:

Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Lean, PMI, PMO, PMP, Prince2, Program Management, SAFe, Waterfall and other project management methodologies. Looking deeper into your core problems will allow you to choose the right project manager for you.

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