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Hello Project Managers in the greater Puget Sound Area…

Our kick off contribution is about a basic definition of a Project Manager.

We will continue to bring you interesting and informative articles from the world of Project Management and beyond.

Project Managers

Project manager is the person responsible for accomplishing the stated project objectives. Key project management responsibilities include creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the constraints of the project management, including the “project management triangle“, which include cost, time, scope, and quality.

A project manager is often a stakeholder representative and has to determine and implement the exact needs of the stakeholder, based on knowledge of the firm they are representing. A project manager bridges the gap between the production team and stakeholders. Therefore, they must have a fair knowledge of the industry they are in so that they are capable of understanding and discussing the problems with either party. The ability to adapt to the various internal procedures of the contracting party, and to form close links with the nominated representatives, is essential in ensuring that the key issues of cost, time, quality and above all, stakeholder satisfaction, can be realized.

The term and title ‘project manager’ has come to be used generically to describe anyone given responsibility to complete a project. However, it is more properly used to describe a person with full responsibility and the level of authority required to manage completion of a project. If a person does not have required levels of both responsibility and authority then they are better described as a project administrator, coordinator, facilitator or expeditor.

Project managers are key members of project teams and they use project tools to ensure best results of the project they are managing.

Project Teams

When recruiting and building an effective team, the project sponsor must consider not only the technical skills of each person, but also the critical roles and chemistry between workers. A project team can have three separate components:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Core Project Team, and
  3. Contracted Project Team

Project Tools

The tools, knowledge and techniques for managing projects are often unique to Project Management. Work breakdown structures, critical path analysis and earned value management are some of the examples. Understanding and applying the tools and techniques which are generally recognized as good practices are not sufficient for effective project management. Effective project management requires that the project manager understands and uses the knowledge and skills from at least four areas of expertise. Examples are PMBOK, Application Area Knowledge: standards and regulations set forth by ISO for project management, General Management Skills and Project Environment Management.There are also many options for project management software to assist in executing projects for the project manager and their team.

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