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Project Management TTh 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Generally, the project manager is responsible for the overall accomplishment of the project, and accountable for ensuring objectives of the project’s assignment. One foremost responsibility of the project manager is; the very project itself. The person who takes this ultimate responsibility and guarantees for the desired result to be achieved on time, and within budget is the Project Manager. And his job is to coordinate a project from initiation to completion; using maximum utilization of project management tools, techniques, experience, creativity, and management skills, to reach the predetermined objectives. In a project as a Role his “Leadership quality” and as a Skill his “Management excellence” is accredited. The role a project manager performs is in many ways similar to those performed by other operation managers; however there are some important differences; as Project managers have a wide range of backgrounds and experience levels and are often “generalists” differentiating themselves from an operational type role to one whom specialized in the respective areas of management. In addition, project managers play specific roles to facilitate the project team rather than supervising them. Role of the Project Manager: As a role, project managers must satisfy these sets of needs: Task Needs + Team Needs + Individual Needs The project manager role; he should meet his “Task Needs” as follows; 1.Attaining team objectives 2.Planning work 3.Allocating resources 4.Defining tasks 5.Assigning responsibility 6.Controlling and monitoring quality 7.Scrutinizing progress 8.Checking performance The project manager role; he should meet his “Team Needs” as follows: 1.Appointing secondary leaders 2.Building and upholding team sprit 3.Setting standards and maintaining regulation 4.Training the team 5.Setting up systems to facilitate communication with the team 6.Developing work methods to craft team function cohesiveness The project manager role; he should meet his “Individual Needs” as follows:

a project manager has responsibilities from the beginning of project initiation. 8. dependable and flexible. a project manager must be experienced.Financial familiarity for budget risk management. and change.Balancing team needs and task needs 3. The PMO also keeps tab on the billing and other details that are concerned with the project.Leadership skill to arouse action. It would be worthwhile to keep this definition in mind when categorizing projects and studying their role in the success of the organization. As the definition implies.1. service or result and must be progressively elaborated.Legal knowledge.Performance appreciation and rewards 5. he needs the following core skills.System designing and maintenance.High communication skills. Thus. Project Management is the art of managing all the aspects of a project from inception to closure using a scientific and structured methodology. as his position remains in the nucleus of the system and success and failure centralizes on the project manager’s shoulders.Developing the individual 2. What this means is that the PMO or the Project Management Office is a repository of all the projects that are being executed in an organization. The term project may be used to define any endeavor that is temporary in nature and with a beginning or an end. 7. In the current . 9.Evaluation of alternatives and ability for decision making. With the above definition of the project. the PMO’s function is to oversee the projects coming under its domain and act as a kind of monitoring agency for them. The PMO’s role is to ensure that the projects are financially viable and to raise an alert whenever there is a possibility or occurrence of a cost overrun. planning. 4. The project must create something unique whether it is a product. one gets a clear idea on what a project is. progress. 1. 5. 3.Planning and controlling for necessary counteractive measures. Program Management serves the CIO (Chief Information Officer) by providing him or her with regular status updates regarding the progress of all the projects in the company. 2.People management to motivate them towards the project goal. 6. controlling.Helping with other team members personal problems Skills for Project Manager: Furthermore. not every task can be considered a project. A project manager must steer his project towards the bigger picture and be responsible for the job. committed. Overall.Negotiating abilities. Program Management is defined as a department that centralizes the management of projects.Balancing team needs and individual needs 4. 10. and executing to both management and to the project team.Contractual skills to organize subcontractors. in order for an effective project manager.

The role of a project manager is akin to that of a conductor in a symphony. This involves choosing the right technology and being able to stay ahead of the curve with respect to new technologies. The Project Manager’s role is to ensure that the overall objectives of the project are achieved with the participation of each individual member. This is similar to that of a pyramid where the CIO or the program manager sits on the apex and the project manager at the next level. there is a need for visionary leadership by the CIO’s in addition to the technical leadership. The project manager is like the Prima Donna and his or her acumen depends on how well he or she can leverage the strengths of the individual members while minimizing the impact of their weaknesses. program visionary leadership is needed to control costs and effectively manage productivity increases and tighter integration of processes. Similarly.scenario. there needs to be a person who has the overall “big picture” or the collective vision to make the performance a success. On the other hand. project leads further down and so on. . But. the project manager drives the entire project team in pursuit of common goals. Individually each of the artists knows what has to be done for his or her role. This is relevant in the context of the ongoing economic crisis where the accent is on cutting costs and improving the bottom line. Program managers take the same view but at a much higher level. Their job is on the overall bottom line for the division or the company and they drive the individual project managers. Technical leadership is the ability to spot trends in the technical space and leverage them for the success of the project.