The roles of the project manager

The Project Manager is responsible for managing the project to meet project objectives.


  • Is assigned to the project no later than project initating
  • Helps write the project charter
  • Is in charge of thep project, but no necessarily the resources
  • Does not have to be a technical expert
  • Influences the project team and the atmosphere in which the team works by promoting good communication, insulating the team from having to deal with politics (both internal and external to the project), enhancing the positive aspects of cultural differences, and resolving team issues
  • Understand how cultural differences may impact the project, particularly in the case of global teams, virtual teams, or projects involving multiple organizations
  • Ensures professional interactions between the project team and other stakeholders
  • Coordinates interactions between the project and key stakeholders
  • Selects appropriate processes for the project
  • Identifies and analyzes constraints and assumptions
  • Leads and directs the project planning efforts
  • Identifies dependencies between activities
  • Must understand how to handle unrealistic schedule requirements to produce a realistic schedule
  • Understands and enforces professional and social responsiblity
  • Identifies and delivers required level of quality
  • Assists the team and other stakeholders during project executing
  • Defines the project change management plan
  • Maintains control over the project by measuring performance and determining if there are any variances from the plan
  • Determines the need for change requests, including recommed corrective and preventive actions and defect repair.
  • Approves or rejects changes as authorized, manages the change control board,
  • and frequently sits on the CCB
  • Uses metrics to identify variances and trends in project work, and is responsible for analyzing the impact of these variances and trends
  • Works with team members to resolve variances from the Project Management Plan
  • Keeps the team members focused on risk management and possible responses to the risks
  • Develop time and cost reserves for the project
  • Must have the authority and accountability necessary to accomplish the project management work.
  • Must say “no” when necessary
  • Is the only one who can integrated the project components into a cohesive whole that meets the customer’s needs
  • Spend more time being proactive than dealing with problems (being reactive)
  • Is accountable for project success or failure
  • Performs project closing at the end of each phase and for the project as a whole
  • Overall, applies project management knowledge and uses perfonal and leadership skills to achive project success



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