Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tasks and Responsibilities for Project Managers

  • Get all key players on the project team.
  • Manage task interfaces.
  • Assure clear identification of task completion.
  • Assure communication of task completion.
  • Manage responsibility interfaces.
  • Question blurry responsibilities.
  • Clarify delegation levels.
  • Balance the needs of project, client, organization.
  • Identify stakeholders and their definition of project success.
  • Balance project objectives with other objectives.
  • Act as a catalyst, and when necessary, a devil’s advocate.
  • Promote effective communication and wide participation in decision making.
  • Manage conflicts. Conflict and aggressiveness are necessary elements in an adhocracy.
  • Management’s job is to channel them toward productive ends.
  • Bring conflicts to an early resolution. Do not sweep them under the rug. They won’t go away.

About Project and Project Management

A Project Is....
  • A group of tasks, performed in a definable time period, in order to meet a specific set of objectives.
  • It is likely to be a one-time program.
  • It has a life cycle, with a specific start and end.
  • It has a work scope that can be categorized into definable tasks.
  • It has a budget.
  • It is likely to require the use of multiple resources. Many of these resources may be scarce and may have to be shared with others.
  • It may require the establishment of a special organization, or the crossing of traditional organizational boundaries
Major components of project consists of
  • Work of scope.
  • Time.
  • Resources.
  • Costs.
  • Quality.
  • Communication.
  • Risk.
  • Contracts and Procurement.