What Does a Project Manager Actually Do?
By emmurray, Aug 2 2014 05:16PM
Might sound a bit basic, this one, but I recently became aware that while everyone has heard the term “Project Manager”…..and many people are called Project Managers, a lot of people don’t really know what a Project Manager actually does. So……..here goes:
Putting it very simplistically, the role of the Project Manager is to manage the team of people and the tasks they are doing in order meet the project objectives.
In a little more detail:
• defining the project – in my (humble) view the most important part of the project – defining precisely (within reason) what is to be achieved, with what and by when
• planning the breakdown of the work to be done, the resources required to do it and scheduling out the activities
• establishing the risks and an appropriate set of containment/contingent activities and their budgets
• determining the overall budget for the project
• communicating the final project scope, costs and deliverables to the stakeholders and ensuring full agreement achieved
• all of the above is (preferably) before the project starts
• making sure the work is done to the right standard
• motivating the team of people involved in the project
• co-ordinating work done by different people
• dealing with changes to the project as and when necessary (they do happen!)
• making sure the project delivers the expected outcomes and benefits
That is a very basic list of what a Project Manager does. Simple, eh?
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