Seems like these two proposals have significant overlap, but I don't have a strong feeling on what to do with it.
How does the community feel?
Proposal: Project Management
Proposal: IT Management
No - IT Management is the art of managing IT staff and projects
Project Management is far more general, and applied to construction, IT, engineering, etc - but shouldn't overlap [too much] into people management
See my update below that I am for the merge after the first few days of private beta.
I'm not sure I agree that project management isn't about people. People are perhaps the most important aspect of any project, and knowing how to communicate with them, motivate them, and create an environment of mutual respect is absolutely critical for the success of the project.
A project manager, in any industry, who loses respect from the technical personnel below him or her will fail.
I would say that it wouldn't be a good idea to merge IT and PM because the example questions are different, and if too many moderators try to assert their influence by closing too many questions they consider off-topic, we'll see a lot of conflicts of interest, frustrated folks in meta, and people who are fearful of asking questions knowing they'll likely be closed.
If the two were to merge, the moderators with interests in both areas would have to agree to let the community handle close votes so that it takes at least 5 to close the questions.
Since there won't be any 10k users, they would have to agree to make comments and only close the questions if they see at least 3 comments suggesting the question doesn't fit. If that doesn't work, I'm sure the community can come to some kind of agreement to how to effectively handle the merge.
UPDATE: After being involved in the private beta, I am for the merge. Project management by itself so far is proving to not have enough depth. Many questions are too basic and academic type questions instead of real world. Merging IT Management with Project Management will give us more options to choose from, which increases the number of great, thought-provoking questions.
The people asking questions are trying their best, but I feel we need some real-world questions that are more specific and less general.
Definitely should be the same topic. The only reason I see for breaking them out is that the SE sites in general tend to cater to the software/tech community. Otherwise, from strictly a topic standpoint, Project Management encompasses IT Management, so IT Management overlapes Project Management.
Otherwise, maybe we should also have Proposals for . . .
Car Manufacturing Management
SE Proposal Managemeent
Lemonade Stand Management
Project Management is a huge, broad field that has many sub-specialties, practice areas and standards.
IT Management, whether you're talking about the management of IT projects or the management of information technology itself, is its own specialty. It may be a sub-domain of project management or have its own domain specific techniques.
But overall, these are two separate topics.
IT Management has some unique properties:
For these reasons, I'd like to see an IT Management site kept separately from Project Management. I can't imagine most non-IT project managers being interested in database migration strategies or KPI measurements for testers, just as I can't imagine non-retail managers being interested in expected Christmas sales and anti-theft strategies. For specialist domain concerns, having an industry-specific site makes sense.