Project Managers are experts in your project timeline, stakeholders, dependencies and project status. We coordinate all resources (time, people and cost) to ensure a successful project delivery (scope and quality). Below is an excerpt from the Project Management Institute (PMI) defining Project Management and the PM:
“A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together – sometimes from different organizations and across multiple geographies…
[PMs] are organized, passionate and goal-oriented, who understand what projects have in common, and their strategic role in how organizations succeed, learn and change. Project managers are change agents: they make project goals their own and use their skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team. They enjoy the organized adrenaline of new challenges and the responsibility of driving business results.
They work well under pressure and are comfortable with change and complexity in dynamic environments. They can shift readily between the "big picture" and the small-but-crucial details, knowing when to concentrate on each.”
PMs work with the client sponsors to introduce and coordinate all impacted stakeholders. Regardless of the effort, we ensure teammates are aware of the objective, the timeline, the roles and responsibilities. Using our understanding of client organizations, strategy and implementation, we: navigate politics; motivate the team; guarantee and track progress; and report status, risks, and issues.
Leadership: PMs drive the project team and stakeholders through implementation. We must motivate each individual – as well as the team – to lead the project to success.
Communication & Political Savvy: PMs are responsible for the successful delivery of every project role. We must communicate information according to each audience to ensure stakeholder buy-in and overall progress.
Organization & Time Management: PMs coordinate the execution of a project. We must organize the milestones and work breakdown structure and track status, priority and time management throughout the lifecycle of the project.
Risk Management: As PMs are responsible for the overall success of a project, we must effectively communicate – and mitigate – risk to overcome project challenges and correct course.
Negotiation: PMs remove all barriers to success. As challenges arise, PMs negotiate priorities with regard to time, cost, scope and quality to meet stakeholder expectations.