What Does a Project Manager Do?

What Does a Project Manager Do?

by Joy Kita
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The field of project management is fast growing and changing the way companies perform certain tasks. There is a high demand for project managers and those who can couple their education with technical skills. It is common for those with a career in technology to stumble into the often relatable field of project management.

Project managers have a lot of responsibilities. Organizations depend on them to handle the resources of assigned projects. They are responsible for the initial plan of the proposed project and organizing its execution. They also ensure the proper closing of the project. Most project managers work in the field of software development, construction, architecture and industrial plants of substantial size. However, they can also work in any industry that is involved with ongoing projects of a certain scope.

A project manager has clear roles of established authority and takes on the responsibility of the overall success and completion of projects. They manage cost, time, scope, quality and their assembled team.

Required Learned Skills of a Project Manager:
– conflict resolution
– leadership
– proficient writing skills
– excellent oral communication
– ability to negotiate
– coaching/mentoring

Required Personal Skills of a Project Manager:
– honesty
– integrity
– persuasiveness
– assertiveness
– self-awareness
– decisiveness

There are different credentials a project manager can obtain. The first and most noteworthy is the PMP which indicates your level of education and proficiency. Another is the CAPM which means certified associate. Some positions only require on the job training, whereas the PMP is a certification offered by the Project Management Institute. Becoming a PMP requires a four year degree and three years of project management experience. There is a requirement of 4500 hours leading and directing projects as well as 35 hours of education. Without these requirements, you would need five years of experience as a project manager, 7500 hours leading projects and 35 hours of education relating to the field. Obtaining the credentials of a PMP means you have in depth knowledge regarding how to direct teams, lead people and provide the deliverable results all within the defined schedule, budget and resources.

Every three years, a PMP is required to become recertified in their credentials. This means earning 60 professional development units (PDUs). This is not as arduous as it sounds. A PMP can earn PDUs by attending in-house training sessions, certain approved self-learning, attending seminars, workshops and webinars, or by offering volunteer hours to certain Project Management organizations.

In the past it was not rare for professionals to ‘fall into’ the position of project manager and thus work efficiently in the role based on learned and personal skills. However, the field of project management has changed a lot over the years and it is now recognized as a valuable and necessary position. Many companies are now intentionally looking for PMPs who have the recognized credentials.

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