There is a distinct lack of skilled project professionals that have the skills and ability to handle digital projects. It's a staggering statement to make but unfortunately a very true one.
All is not lost however, there are some digital masterminds and yes they are very good, but the small numbers result in high costs and big demand. This is great for the person, not so good for the businesses in vital need of their services.
Now we know what you are thinking, Scotland is an ever-growing digital force, with thousands of graduates leaving university every year. We have a booming tech, financial, start-up and public sector market. So how can there be a lack of skills and what are we doing about solving this issue? Well there’s 2 problems here…. The industry is growing, but the right talent just isn’t there in the digital project space.
Why is there a skills gap?
Let’s be really clear – we’re not here tackle technical developer skills, testing skills or UX. (Mostly because there are businesses already doing this, and it's not our forte). We’re playing in the space of the existing business analyst. But as you’ll see if you read on – we’re ditching that name - and creating a new job - a future proofed job.
There is a long list of reasons why this gap has emerged. These reasons can be split up into several larger categories including education, guidance, understanding and future.
This is Milk have delved deep into these topics in regards to digital project skills and this is what we have found.
(Read our earlier blog post about confusion over agile for 1 such example).
What this problem needs is something that currently does not exist!
How is it possible to tackle so many issues?
These issues are not new, they have been slowly creeping up resulting in an increasing need for action. The market is showing signs of wear and tear which will only grow.
To solve this issue requires something new, something purpose designed, something that deals with every issue mentioned above, setting a precedent for all digital projects.
What this problem needs is something that currently does not exist! We need to embrace change by creating something new!
Do you now want to know what that is? well you can in Part 2
Doing what we do best.
Well we've framed the problem - and we are literally all hands on deck working out the solution for this problem. It's 2 fold, and we'll be publishing more about what we're planning. Literally in just the next few days, we'll be publishing a blog about the new project role we're creating.
We're still capturing insight as well - please take a few minutes and complete one of our surveys:
(Pssst... We have already put some information on the website - so for curiosity's sake - check it out!)
Added bonus: Here's a link to a previous blog written by Angela on Why change needs to change.
(Blog first published 12/01/2018)