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The Project Manager

July 25th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · No Comments

PMO & Dilbert





A project manager is a professional* in the field of project management.

A project manager’s main duty is to ensure the success of a project by minimizing risk throughout the lifetime of the project.
This is done through a variety of methods, both formal and informal**. A project manager will usually have to ask penetrating** questions, detect unstated** assumptions, and resolve interpersonal conflicts**, as well as use more systematic management skills.

According to Wikipedia statistics: 69% of project failures*** are due to lack and/or improper implementation of project management methodologies.

I didn’t have the pleasure of being a project manager but I did see some good project manager implementations and this is my recommendation:

Risk Management – Identifying, managing and mitigating project risk

Issues Management – Identifying, tracking managing and resolving project issues

Reporting – Proactively disseminating project information to all stakeholder s(a good web based project dashboard will do the trick)

Quality Management

Scope Management – Proactively managing scope to ensure that only what was agreed to is delivered, unless changes are approved through scope management

Forecasting project trends – Defining and collecting metrics to give a sense for how the project is progressing and whether the deliverables produced are acceptable

Tracking – Managing the overall work-plan to ensure work is assigned and completed on time and within budget

Monitor resources (e.g. allocation, movement, skill matrix, roles and responsibilities)

Define Development Methodology

Managing integrations & dependencies (documentation, shared infrastructure etc.)

Configuration Management

Standardization, rationalization and training of processes & procedures (e.g. customer escalations & patches, customer enhancement request, beta or EA plans etc.)

Manage projects postmortem reviews

There are many things to be said on the project manger role and I know god is in the details Kalish but I was told that my blog posts should be much shorter so I will end it here and I reserve the right to post about it again if needed… (e.g. Scrum-Master vs. PMO post will come real soon)

Good Luck Yonit! ;-)

* The term “Professional” should imply that this role isn’t trivial or intuitive as it might sounds or implemented in many organizations

** All the ‘bold**’ words should have “rang the complexity bell” – it will never be easy (or straight forward) and will require a bundle of emotional intelligence

*** When according to the same statistics 90% of projects do not meet time/cost/quality targets.

Tags: Development · Planning · Project Management · Software Management

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