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What Does a Project Manager Do?
The following are 4 value-add services you can provide as a project manager and make ahuge difference to your team:
1. Minimize Interruptions
There is nothing more that team members on yourproject appreciate and value than the ability to do their
work uninterrupted. Today’s technology
-driven jobsrequire focus and deliberate attention. This flies in direct
contrast to today’s interruption
-driven work environment.People are stopping by their desk to ask questions, clarifytheir understanding about a particular topic or aspect of the project, or looking to brainstorm on upcoming work.It is often your best resources who are plagued with the most interruptions. This isbecause they
your best resources. They are professional, knowledgeable, and haveanswers to most questions. They are not afraid to think creatively and are good tobounce ideas off of. But, the fact that they are also your best resources means that theyare most likely expensive and their expertise is needed on the project at hand.What can a project manager do to help such a person on their team? Minimizeinterruptions for them. You can do this by making sure they have blocks of uninterrupted time to get their jobs done. It is nothing less than amazing what a personthat knows what they are doing can get done in remarkably short bursts of time.Serve as their gatekeeper. Have people filter questions and requests for informationthrough you. They will understand the reason why and most likely work with thisarrangement. Perhaps you set up a certain time each day that this resource is available.
This technique is called the “office hours” approach. People knew that between 2:00
-3:00 in the afternoon this person would be available for any and all questions and would
stop by at that time. The reality is that most questions do not need to be answered ‘thatsecond’ but rather it i
s more a matter of convenience than anything else.Minimizing interruptions also includes limiting the amount of unnecessary meetings thatyour team members are invited to attend. People will send out blanket meeting invites