What is Project Manager?

Project manager is person, who is assigned to lead the team by an organization, and that organization made him responsible for achieving the project objectives. Project managers are fully responsible for the management of project processes, and apply the necessary tools and techniques to carry out the related project activities. A good project manager must have variety of interpersonal and professional skills. In general, project manager roles and responsibilities are to satisfy the needs. They includes task needs, team needs, and individual needs.

Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities:

Effective project management requires that the project manager possess the following competencies:

  • Knowledge — Refers to what the project manager knows about project management.
  • Performance — Refers to what the project manager is able to do or accomplish while applying his or her project management knowledge.
  • Personal — Refers to how the project manager behaves when performing the project or related activity. Personal effectiveness encompasses attitudes, core personality characteristics, and leadership, which provides the ability to guide the project team while achieving project objectives and balancing the project constraints.

A project manager’s typical responsibilities include:

  • Planning and organizing the work.
  • Managing the day-to-day activities of a project.
  • Delivering the project deliverables to the client.
  • Identifying potential stakeholders.
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Skills of a Project Manager?

Project managers accomplish work through the project team and other stakeholders. Effective project managers require a balance of ethical, interpersonal, and conceptual skills that help them analyze situations and interact appropriately. Some highly desirable interpersonal skills of a project manager are:

  • Leadership.
  • Team building.
  • Motivation.
  • Communication.
  • Influencing.
  • Decision making.
  • Political and cultural awareness.
  • Negotiation.
  • Trust building.
  • Conflict management, and
  • Coaching.

Project managers must lead their project teams by providing vision, delegating work, creating an energetic and positive environment, and setting an example of appropriate and effective behavior. Project managers must focus on teamwork skills in order to use their people effectively. They need to be able to motivate different types of people and develop esprit de corps within the project team and with other project stakeholders.

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Note: This lecture is a part of diploma in project management and project management courses, which leads to phd project management.

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