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The Role and Responsibilities of a Project Manager

February 12, 2019
The Role and Responsibilities of a Project Manager

Project managers are important within the workplace, no matter what the job industry may be, because they take tasks and work through them from start to finish. Without the project manager role, many team members could work through a project, but no one would be the designated leader to take responsibility.  

Project manager duties can involve a number of tasks but ultimately, the project manager roles and responsibilities include creating new ideas and putting those ideas into action, defining the project and making a checklist, designing a plan and/or a tangible outline, developing the project with a team, and then initiating the project and following through on it. The easiest way to look at a project manager’s role is to see it in a step-by-step way.

Initiation

Initiating projects is going to be one of the main project manager roles and responsibilities. This will include deciding on what projects to begin based on what needs to be accomplished within the company. The initiation stage also includes writing up a project proposal and including in the proposal how feasible the project will be—based on time available, employees’ ability, resources, and many other needs. The project manager description which will fit this stage best is someone with innovative ideas and great communication skills, both verbal and written.

Definition

The next step project managers are responsible for is defining the project at hand. This includes looking through the proposal or presenting the proposal to upper management and making sure the project requirements are laid out clearly, budgets and schedules are put into place, and whatever resources needed are both determined and made available. A project manager must have a variety of different skills for this stage, such as organizational skills and some math skills.

Design

Depending on the project, some design work may need to take place. The importance of a project manager is having someone there to make sure design choices are confirmed and the team that needs to implement them knows exactly what choices have been made. A project manager will be in charge of delegating tasks and managing each one between employees.

Development

Developing the project is one of the most essential parts of the entire process, and one of the main project manager duties is to develop the project and prepare for its execution. This will include assigning out job roles, making sure all technicalities are taken care of, compiling necessary resources, and ultimately, arranging anything that needs to be done before the project begins.

Execution

As the project is finally executed, the project manager will be there every step of the way to monitor progress, help when needed, and control budgets and schedules. This leader is a necessary role, because upper-level workers in the company will not have the time to oversee every single project. Each project manager has a duty to focus specifically on the project at hand and the team working on the project.

Follow Up

Once the project is making its way toward completion, the project manager doesn’t abandon the project and move on to the next one immediately. Within the project manager description, the job consists of follow-up work. Some of the follow-up tasks for a project manager could be dismantling the project or job site, presenting the project in its completion, or following up after a certain time to check on the performance of the completed task.  

Project managers provide very valuable assets to companies, because of their unique management skills and ability to focus on one overarching assignment from beginning to end. Not many people have the drive to do such a demanding job. Project managers are respected in their roles and can be promoted to higher level positions over time. This is a great job for anyone who is a natural born leader and innovative thinker.

Written by:

Bernhard Mehl
CEO at Kisi