Project Manager: The Art Of Management

A few weeks ago, we wrote in the Doolphy Blog about the figure of the project manager. We listed each one of the features that are essential for that role. The conclusion was that management, leadership, communication and organization are skills that have to be necessarily found in any good project manager.

This time, we want to focus on the first one: the management skills. A project manager has to be good in the following tasks:

  • Initial design of the project. This includes delimiting the project goals, planning the stages of the project and choosing a suitable methodology. In addition, the project manager has to set a monitoring and analysis model in order to be able to check both the progress and the performance of the project. That is, it is the project manager responsibility to design an overall project wireframe.
  • Budget management. Time and money are key resources during the whole project duration. A project leader has to be able to establish the necessary time and budget boundaries and ensure that they are met. To achieve it, it is essential to be able to take measures of the project evolution from both the time and the financial point of view.
  • Human resource management. The project manager usually is responsible for building the team that will undertake the project; and once the team is working, he or she has to act as the “ship’s captain”. This role includes the difficult task of serving as mediator when conflicts among members of the team appear. In this regard, the most valuable tool that can be used is a clear and accurate communication.
  • Risk management: Most, if not all, projects are developed in a dynamic environment. For the project manager this means that he or she has to face the uncertainty that surrounds it, and to have the necessary resilience and take appropriate steps to deal with potential contingencies. The project manager must anticipate the risks to minimize their impact as early as possible.
  • Stakeholder management. Not all stakeholders are interested in or have to be provided with the same information. A good project manager must learn to adapt to each one and understand their situation in order to provide them the information that they need.

It is evident that the project manager plays a key role in the project development from its very inception. From the moment in which the goals are set until the final deadline is reached, he or she has to be taking care of the timing, the planning and the monitoring of the project. It is extremely important that the project manager is supported by his or her team and that is helped by a project management tool that fits all the needs and that provides the appropriate instruments to measure and analyze the project data.

Are you still wondering whether a project management tool is what you need? Try Doolphy. Thousands of users have already joined the Doolphymania. What are you waiting for? ;)

 

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