What does a project manager do?

What does a project manager do?

Daily Responsibilities of a Project Manager:

  • Overview:
    • Project managers ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.
    • Their role involves planning, organizing, managing tasks, budgeting, and controlling costs.
  • Adding Value:
    • Project managers ensure the project outcome adds value to the organization, whether by creating new services or improving existing ones.
  • Daily Tasks:
    • Planning and Organizing:
      • Gathering requirements from teammates or customers to define project goals.
      • Holding kickoff meetings or sending surveys.
      • Creating project plans to set the project tone, keep everyone aligned, and move tasks along.
    • Managing Tasks:
      • Overseeing tasks for team members and communicating milestones to the team or customers.
      • Keeping everyone updated on the project's progress.
    • Budgeting and Controlling Costs:
      • Managing the project budget and controlling costs to ensure the project stays on track.
      • Adjusting for unexpected costs that may arise.
  • Variety of Tasks:
    • Project managers use different tools, techniques, and methodologies daily, making the job dynamic and engaging.
  • Satisfaction:
    • Watching a project grow from start to finish is a particularly rewarding aspect of the role.

Next Steps:

  • Upcoming discussions will focus on the various skills project managers use daily, many of which learners might already possess.