Project Manager Role and Responsibilities

A project manager is the individual who has the general obligation for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, regulating and closure of a project.

The project manager should have a combination of skills including a capability to deal with permeating problems and risks, find unstated presumptions and resolve conflicts, as well as even more basic management skills. A great project manager can minimize threat considerably and one way is by ensuring communication between all stakeholders are constant and relevant.

Every choice taken by the project manager should be taken in such a way that it directly benefits the project delivery. Project managers use project management software application, such as Microsoft Project, to arrange their jobs and workforce, other tools include Basecamp and making sure offline documentation is kept up-to-date. These tools ensure reporting can be produced when required and key stakeholders are kept in loop of any project changes or highlights.

Here is a list of typical project management responsibilities:

  • Planning and Defining Scope
  • Activity Planning
  • Resource Planning
  • Establishing Schedules
  • Time Estimating
  • Cost Estimating
  • Developing a Budget
  • Documentation
  • Managing Risks and Issues
  • Monitoring and Reporting Progress
  • Group Leadership
  • Strategic Influencing
  • Business Partnering
  • Working with Vendors, Internal Teams and 3rd Party Partners
  • Scalability, Interoperability and Portability Analysis
  • Regulating Quality.
  • Ensuring Successful Delivery