These are a set of questions that people have asked, mainly about applying the project management approach to their normal work situation. We have tried to give what we feel are "best practice" answers but cannot pretend that the answers are definitive.
- When should something be called a project?
- What is a Project Manager?
- Do all projects need single project manager?
- Have you any tips for a project manager?
- What should I do if I become project manager of a project that someone else has already started and left?
- What about computer software for project management?
- What is a Project Sponsor?
- Do all projects need a project sponsor?
- Have you any tips for a Project Sponsor?
- What is PRINCE2?
- What is the Gateway Process?
What is a Project Manager?
The Project Manager has day-to-day responsibility for management of the project. The prime role is to ensure that the project as a whole produces the required outputs and outcomes, within the timescales and resources available.
Key tasks may include:
- Scope, plan and organise the projects
- Summarise the results in a Project Plan.
- Organise resources
- Organises and builds a team if needed
- Plans activities and reviews progress constantly,
- Communicates plans and progress to those concerned when needed.
- Identifies and predicts hold ups and difficulties and resolves them
Note: The project manager may not always be the same person throughout the life of the project. In some cases, the Proposal Stage may be carried out by one person, but then someone else takes over as project manager for subsequent stages