Loukia Kokotou / January 14th 2019

So, what does a Project Manager really do?

Project Manager. A job title that everyone has heard of. But apart from the obvious that the title itself implies, how much do you actually know about a Project Managers’ day-to-day duties and their essential contribution to organisations of all sizes?

Although the title might sound too broad, it in fact falls into various categories depending on the project’s nature and field, as well as the organisation itself. And, even though all Project Managers share the same ‘’project management virus’’, the specialisation and expertise on a particular industry, or field, is considered essential.

To put it simply, a Project Manager is in charge for the smooth-running of a project and the successful delivery of the final product. They are responsible for the development of a project across all stages, from inception to completion with all that this entails.

What makes that role so great is that it does not allow for monotony at work. Every day is unique, challenging and full of a range of tasks. A Project Manager has (among others) a long list of duties, including;

  • Developing the project’s scope and objectives
  • Planning resources and recruiting specialists
  • Managing the project’s finances and budget
  • Identifying and handling risks
  • Define and making sure everyone adheres to timelines
  • Leading and organising the project team
  • Liaising effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Monitoring the progress of the project and incorporate possible changes
  • Performing quality assurance checks

… and of course, ensuring client satisfaction.

Not bad right?

The above overview of a Project Manager’s day reveals the traits that make a Project Manager integral. This is the combination of these three magic skills: multitasking, effective communication and exceptional time management.

But what tools do Project Managers need, and how do they stay organised?

Nowadays, with IT’s help, we have moved away from the traditional old-school ways to keep track of the projects. Now we use highly evolved project management software and tools that not only save valuable time, but also maximise productivity, facilitate communication and decrease possible errors.

Undoubtedly, the Project Manager’s role entails a high level of responsibility and challenge. But being the one to lead, monitor and deliver the project is the real makeup of an effective Project Manager. At the end of the day, the sense of accomplishment once the project has been successfully completed, and the client’s satisfaction and positive feedback is the best reward for every Project Manager.