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Thank you comment icon Good project managers can be the difference between a successful project and a failed one. They need to have common sense, organizational skills, and people skills to be able to tackle complex projects. If you’ve just become a project manager, there are a number of things you can do to ensure a positive work environment and a successful outcome. Steven
Thank you comment icon Along with the pm skills what is also needed are soft skills. It is important to communicate clearly Katherine Tuttle

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Michael’s Answer

Jokingly, a project manager herds cats.

Seriously: A project Manager is really a jack-of-all trades type of operations role that understands schedules, budgeting, and works well with people and forms relationships. Successful Project Managers tend to be individuals who grasp technical and non-technical concepts well, and can link the concepts and communicate them out to the rest of a project team and stakeholders in clear terms that everyone understands. The actual administrative work is fairly routine, from updating schedules, assigning tasks, and ensuring project work is being done.

However, the role of a Project Manager is being migrated away from this administrative burden to the world of Agile where Project Managers are replaced with Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches who help project teams manage their works and find what works for those teams. Particularly in the technology space, there's an aversion to too much non-value added administrative tasks, so minimizing that is key, and frankly, makes a lot of business sense. A really good example of this is the Engineering Culture at Spotify (reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GK1NDTWbkY) and how they fight to stay lean and experiment. They don't have a bunch of project managers, but rather a suite of Agile Coaches to help small teams develop small bits of the entire platform, coordinate across with the enterprise architects, and build a culture of experimentation and rapid failure and learning.

If you're interested in the operations side of projects, then Agile might also just feel more natural. Traditional Project Management (Waterfall) approach is great if you know exactly what it is you're building, but most projects are sort of exploratory as they go, with some loose requirements at the beginning and grow further as they move. Construction and things like Astro-engineering tend to need really great traditional project managers, as their requirements are fixed at the start of the project.
Thank you comment icon Loved reading this, thanks! Shaina
Thank you comment icon This is a really great explanation. Indeed these days Agile is the talk Dipankar Ghosh
Thank you comment icon Herding cats is spot on. Rebecca Brooks
Thank you comment icon Hi Michael - your advice is very insightful; awesome job. Thank you for sharing! Sheila Jordan
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Manuela’s Answer

A project manager is the person responsible for leading a project from its inception to execution. This includes planning, execution and managing the people, resources and scope of the project. Project managers must have the discipline to create clear and attainable objectives and to see them through to successful completion. The project manager has full responsibility and authority to complete the assigned project.


A project manager's position may end with the completion of the assigned project, or it may be a semipermanent position for a limited time or until a predetermined point in the project’s schedule or stage of completion.


There are many certifications offered in project management from a variety of organizations. These include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Program Management Professional (PgMP).

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Patricia’s Answer

Hi Leion!

I have been Project Manager IT for 11 years, so I can tell you some about her profile and what we do. I spend a lot of time in coordination sessions and make sure things happen, that's the mantra of a PM

A project manager is a person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution and monitoring.

The project manager must have a combination of skills including an ability to ask penetrating questions, detect unstated assumptions and resolve conflicts, as well as more general management skills.

A project manager is a person who is responsible for making decisions, both large and small. The project manager should make sure they control risk and minimise uncertainty. Every decision the project manager makes must directly benefit their project.

Some of our activities including:

Planning and Defining Scope
Resource Planning
Developing Schedules
Time Estimating
Cost Estimating
Developing a Budget
Documentation
Creating Charts, Schedules and Presentations to report the status of the project
Risk Analysis
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VANDANA’s Answer

project manager is to create & have the plan delivered along with the team . He is available for the team & to the management always
Project manager is the owner of delivery plan .
Create and Lead the team
Monitor Project Progress and share it with all the stakeholders
Manage Issues
Manages the Cost
Ensure Stakeholder Satisfaction
Evaluate Project Performance.
Ensures Team Motivations
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Christophe’s Answer

Hi there


Project management is



  • coordination of actions

  • organization and team definition ( finf the right people for each tasks)

  • drive the team ( set up meetings /calls - take notes during meeting - circulate notes

  • use templates for builind answer and share them with the team

  • use tools (software) for achieving the goal


All these tasks will help you to meet expectations and respect deadlines


Do not forget that one key point is to be able to ask people to perform tasks with no direct management line with You
Communication skills and influencing is also a big part of being successful


More information on this web site (i am using it a lot)
http://www.apmp.org/


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Jayesh’s Answer

I think you got pretty good responses to your question. A related question, I would ask is - Who are Project Managers?


I recommend that you read the article at https://www.pmi.org/about/learn-about-pmi/who-are-project-managers.
Once you understand who they are, you will get more clarity on their responsibilities.


Hope this helps. Wish you all the best for your future endeavors.

Thank you comment icon Thank you, Jayesh! Shaina
Thank you comment icon Good suggestion, Jayesh. many times we look at the roles and responsibilities, but less we discuss behavioral characteristics about these professions that make them successful. Leion- check to see if you can relate to these characteristics to pursue PM career. PINKAL GANDHI
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Tiep Q.’s Answer

Be confident and know what you are project managing. Coordinate and be as resourceful as you can be. Get to know your resources, strengths of the team, and take notes, notes, notes...

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Brian’s Answer

Everyone I think has already stated what I would say myself... the description of "herding cats" is extremely accurate. Being a project manager means generally being nimble on your feet and the willingness to jump in anywhere you may be needed at times. The thing to remember is that your objective is generally to drive a project to completion, regardless of the challenges you may face. You are first and foremost an advocate for the customer and the project. This will require you to be a jack of all trades and really sharpen your interpersonal and soft skills. Some people love that about the career (like myself) and some find it challenging. If you enjoy a challenge and feel as if your what I would call a "life, long learner" you will love it. You'll never have a shortage of things to interest and drive you.
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Scott’s Answer

Project managers manage a project from beginning to end. From understanding the scope of the project, to selecting the correct stakeholders to work with on the project, to tracking risk, action items, decisions, milestones, change requests etc, to ensuring the project has a budget and adhering to the budget, to working across multiple levels of management with in the company, and to truly owning the project end to end. If being detailed oriented and having a passion to complete tasks at hand with the ability to be flexible as the project scope and stakeholders could change the project management is a field you should explore.
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Tariq’s Answer

A project manager is like an air traffic controller, aiming to land planes in the right order, on time. They're not the pilots flying the plane, or any of the supporting personnel... But guide, decide, and direct action in order to achieve the desired outcome.

The planes being projects, or components of a project.

A PM uses a number of key tools in order to achieve this:

1. Action Plans which at a minimum contain an action, owner of the action, status, and due date
2. Project Meetings to synchronize, determine next steps, and unblock tasks
3. Communication upwards and downwards to maintain a shared collective understanding of where things are at
4. Estimation and forecasting
5. Reports & visualization to monitor the health and progression of the project, including team velocity
6. Manage risks to the project

Skills wise requires strong communication, leadership, decisiveness, and organization skills.
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Munazza’s Answer

A project manager's revolves around the following domains:

Initiating: includes defining scope, developing project charter, stakeholder mapping etc
Planning: includes developing project schedule, human resource planning, work breakdown, defining requirements etc
Executing: includes managing resources for project execution
Controlling and monitoring: includes monitor risks, assess issues, measure performance, manages changes, manage project communication etc
Closing: includes obtaining final acceptance for the project, distributing final project report etc
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Tim’s Answer

Leion, a Project Manager is Ring Leader of the Circus, The Conductor of the Orchestra. Provides order to controlled chaos. It is where the magic happens. This person who has the ability and skills that are transferrable across all industries. Is able to manage each milestone effectively and can influence those who are responsible for executing on each milestone. A well planned project may take twice the time to implement but a poorly planned project takes three times longer than expected. Over the course of a project, the Project Manager will need to communicate with staff and clients, make decisions and monitor the progress of the project to keep it on schedule. Project Manager can effectively critically think. In the end, a Project Manager has to be flexible and able to pivot. Ask the right questions and research if this is the right area you are interested. Networking is another opportunity to learn more about Project Management via Linked In or mentorship programs.
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N’s Answer

Here are my thoughts about the life of a manager:
- Being a manager is a blessing and a curse. It comes with its advantages and disadvantages.
- Yes, you have more responsibility, but also yes, you have the ability to delegate tasks.
- Being a manager is all about knowing how to manage yourself, your time, your tasks, but also other resources time and tasks. Because at the end of the day, it is your responsibility that the work gets done, whatever way you believe is the most efficient way to get there.
- There is no ONE way to be a manager. Everyone has got their own style, some are more comfortable being micromanagers, and being close to the tasks performed by other resources working with them, others are more comfortable being macro manager, and don't want to be involved in the details of how you get there. I think finding the right balance between the two styles is perfect, but that is up to you.
- Being a manager involves you leading the team, knowing how and when to provide instant feedback, constructive criticism about their strengths as well as development points, but you also have to listen to what they have to say, as every manager needs to know what they need to improve on for the benefit of the team.
- Last, being a manager gives you a certain level of power, the ability to lead and guide the team in a certain direction, the ability to take certain key decisions, but it also puts you in a position, where if something goes wrong, you need to make sure you are ready to take the bullet for the team, and stand up for them rather than throw them under the bus. You fail as a manager, if you don't stand up for your team when something goes wrong.
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Santosh’s Answer

Project managers are accountable for end to end project implementation and through successful closure. They manage all areas of the project and mainly the scope, schedule & budget. They do communication most of the time in their day to day job. Stakeholder management, negotiation, leadership skills are important to become a good project manager. You need to be proactive with your approach and since the world is leading towards an agile environment it is very important to have that change in the mindset. To guide, lead and be backbone for the project team to enable them to deliver is crucial.
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Drew’s Answer

Project managers do lot, but it can be summed up in saying that a project manager's job is to execute a project in time, on budget, and within scope. That is easier said than done because the reality of being a project manager is that you are working as:

- a leader to keep people moving in the right direction,
- an organizer to plan and coordinate all the moving part of a project
- a communicator to successfully relay the status, importance, and goals of the project to everyone involved in the project.

There are, of course, many layers to this and these are only a few of the things a project management must do. You will find that these skills are needed in every industry.
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Divya’s Answer

A project manager is the one who is responsible and accountable for the successful execution of the project. Project Manager is one who can motivate his/her team on a daily basis to ensure the team is delivering and also having a good work environment.

Apart from knowing the project management processes ( as mentioned by others through PMI), project manager should be a very good communicator who can handle stakeholders and also internal team conflicts. A good negotiator with cross-collaboration skills.






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