What is a Project Manager?

A project manager is someone who manages projects. But what does this mean? A project can be anything, and project managers may, or may not, be responsible for other areas of work besides managing projects.

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The fact is that project managers come in various forms. Most people have been a project manager at one point or another whether they realize it or not. Regardless of whether you’ve planned a kid’s birthday party or helped designed the new iOS for Apple, you’ve managed a project.

Project managers are usually responsible for performing several core functions, including:

  • Managing changes in project status and requirements
  • Documenting work requirements
  • Structuring work plans and timelines
  • Communicating with other people who are involved in the project
  • Staying within the project’s constraints (time / budget)
  • Ensuring the project flows smoothly from beginning to end
  • Coordinating meetings and resources

Are You a Project Manager?

Lots of people can be considered project managers. What type of project manager are you?

  • Are you an informal project manager responsible for managing any type of project or set of tasks involving more than one person?
  • Are you an individual responsible for the completion of any set of tasks or projects?
  • Is your job title “Project Manager?”
  • Are you part of a Project Management Organization (PMOs) responsible for forecasting and planning projects?

Skills for a Project Manager

If you are a project manager of any kind, chances are you are in high demand. To keep track of your daily to-do list and generally keep your life organized, consider trying a visual project management tool such as a task board or online project board. Visual management is a great way to share what you are working on with a team so that people can collaborate and get things done more quickly and more effectively. Learn more about how to become an effective Visual Project Manager and try a FREE project management tool.

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