The Essential Role and Responsibilities of a Project Manager

The Essential Role and Responsibilities of a Project Manager

Project Management Quote - Aristotle: Role and responsibilities of a project manager

Project manage is considered as the ultimate responsible person for delivering projects. If pm has knowledge, autonomy, experience and skill set s/he can deliver the job pretty effectively. Let’s see what is the role of a project manager.

Role of a project manager

[Team Lead] As I mentioned above, project manager is THE individual responsible for delivering project. S/he is the one who is granted the authority as per the project charter to drives and manages the project team, activities on a day-to-day basis.

[Business Interface] Project manager has a critical role to act as an interface between project team, business and management teams. This role expects project manager to translate business requirement/expectations into project deliverable. The requires PM to make business/management realize limitations/

constraints of existing set up as well as prepare/get the project team ready for success of a business.

Responsibilities of a project manager

The basics of role and responsibilities of a project manager

Going by the PMI definition of project & its lifecycle and based on that, if we are to articulate project manager’s responsibility then, PM has the overall responsibility for initiation of project, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project.

There are primarily four responsibilities of a project manager

  • Project Planning
    • Scheduling
    • Risk Planning
    • Cost Planning
    • Resource Planning
  • Collaborating & Organizing
  • Leading
  • Monitoring & Controlling

There are additional important responsibilities but not enlisted above, such as

  • Internal stakeholder management
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Evaluating, implementing and managing changes
  • Motivating and leading team through different phases of project
  • Maintaining project documentation
  • Vendor management
  • Quality checks
  • Delivering strategic inputs
  • Constant learning

Required Skills to be a Project Manager

Project manager must have following skills to do his/her job effectively

  1. Excellent communication
  2. Conflict resolution
  3. Team management
  4. Ability to deep dive into subject by asking penetrating questions
  5. Uncover undisclosed assumptions

What are your views? Anything to add to the list, let me know with your comments.

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