Welcome to this issue of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education, New Zealand (CITRENZ) Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology (JACIT), an amalgamation of two pubications from the National Advisory Committee of Computing Qualifications (NACCQ): JACIT and the Bulletin (BACIT).
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Welcome to the second edition (Volume 6(1)) of the merged Computing and Information Technology Research and Education, New Zealand (CITRENZ) Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology (JACIT). This edition is the first to be based on the progressive publishing model, and has appeared at a time when authors were keen to have their paper included in the current New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) round which looks at research up to December 2011.
Trevor Nesbit, Angela Martin
The purpose of this paper is to explore and analyse the additional skills that are transferrable across different sectors, that project managers require and that go beyond technical project management skills to enable them to be successful in what is becoming an increasingly interdisciplinary role.The conclusions highlight that the project management role requires a range of non- technical project management skills and characteristics to enable project management to be carried out successfully. These non- technical project management skills and characteristics include the ability to build relationships with stakeholders; possessing formal project management certification; understanding the creation and functioning of project teams; understanding the political environment that the project exists in; the ability to work in a team; possessing leadership and management skills; possessing interpersonal and communication skills and possessing a strategic orientation.The skills and characteristics that are perceived by the cross section of project managers as being the most important are possessing interpersonal and communication skills; possessing leadership and management skills; the ability to work in a team and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders. Interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to work in a team are not included significantly in job advertisements for project managers, with the requirement to have them potentially being assumed and not needed to be stated.This research provides a basis for a further study involving in-depth interviews with project managers from the information technology sector with the aim of highlighting specific projects where these additional skills have been vital to the success of these projects.Issues surrounding the political environment of the project from the perspective of different genders; the importance interpersonal and communication skills along with team work for lesser experienced project managers; and the importance of project manager certification are also identified as areas for further study.
Alison Hunter, PhD
It is well recognised that women are under-represented in computing occupations in many Western countries, but is the situation similar in New Zealand? This article presents a quantitative analysis of gendered employment patterns in New Zealand's computing industry. Findings from analysis of 2001 and 2006 census employment data demonstrate that women are now well represented in some newer computing occupations in New Zealand, but they remain significantly under-represented in traditional computing roles such as programming and systems analysis. Furthermore, New Zealand women in computing do not have pay parity with men. On some occasions during the early days of computing in New Zealand women participated more equally in number but they have always experienced pay discrimination.
|Executive Editor||Dr. Michael Verhaart, Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand|
|Senior Assoc. Editor||Krassie Petrova, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand|
Dr Donald Joyce, New Zealand
Catherine Snell-Siddle, Universal College of Learning, New Zealand
Diane McCarthy, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Aaron Steele, Universal College of Learning, New Zealand
|Web Editor||Nick Wallingford, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, New Zealand|
Dr. Susan Chard, Whitireia, New Zealand
Alison Clear, CPIT, New Zealand
Shirley Gibbs, Lincoln University, New Zealand
Dr. Sabine Graf, Athabasca University, Canada
Kim Hagen-Hall, EIT Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Dr. Donald Joyce, New Zealand
Peter Mellow, Curtin University, Australia
Dr David Parry, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dr. Christo Potgieter, Wintec, New Zealand
Aaron Steele, UCOL, New Zealand