There are a number of questions we at MentorIT regularly get asked - these are some of them:

  • What do you do?
    • MentorIT specialises in mentoring trained and capable, but less-experienced IT project managers, IT programme managers and IT Managers in weekly one-on-one sessions.
  • What is mentoring?
    • MentorIT subscribes to the COMENSA definition of mentoring as "a partnership in which a mentee is assisted in making significant advances in knowledge, perspective and vision in order to develop their full potential; the mentor's wisdom is utilised by the mentee to facilitate and enhance new learning and insight." Another common, and very similar, definition is “Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of someone else”.
  • Why should I consider mentoring for our staff in IT management roles?
    • MentorIT believes there are many young managers who have been trained and who are capable of succeeding, but, in our experience, the very demanding IT project management and IT Management disciplines are not areas where being thrown in the deep end and having to sink or swim is the best approach. This is not fair to a less-experienced manager, or to you, her employer.
  • When is the best time for a project manager to receive mentoring? Our project manager is between projects and we want him to be ready and prepared for his next project.
    • MentorIT does not believe this is the best time for mentoring (although it is possible). We recommend that a project manager be mentored while he is actively busy managing a project. This is when and where we can add the most value.
  • Do you recommend a project management methodology?
    • MentorIT believes that having and following a project management methodology is very important, but does not advocate the use of any specific methodology.  Our objective is to optimise the capabilities and performance of project managers irrespective of the project management methodology they employ.
  • Do you provide project management training, or recruitment of project managers?
    • No, MentorIT does not. There are other organisations much better suited to this than we are, and we can provide you with their contact details if necessary.
  • Would you manage a project for us, or help our project manager manage his current project?
    • No, MentorIT does not manage projects. We believe that only through doing the work do project managers, programme managers and IT Managers learn and gain experience and confidence. However, we can assist your project manager by being a mentor to him.
  • How long is a typical mentoring session?
    • MentorIT believes the optimal duration is 60 minutes, once a week, but this can vary depending on the circumstances.
  • What are your rates?
    • Please contact MentorIT for our 2011 rates. Hourly rates exclude VAT and T&E. We typically only mentor during working hours, but we can arrange our sessions to fit in with your schedule and business needs.
  • Do you give management feedback?
    • Yes, MentorIT does provide management feedback, but only at a high level. We believe the mentor-manager relationship is private and confidential. If our mentoring is working, you will see the results. And your manager can give you any feedback she is willing to.
  • So, tell me again: why MentorIT?
    • MentorIT mentors have successful careers and many years of experience in senior management and executive IT positions.  The mentoring they have received throughout their careers has contributed significantly to their success. They are now focused on and motivated by assisting talented individuals in the IT industry achieve their goals and thereby improve the value they deliver to their organisations.