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Project Manager Skills and Functions

Project Manager Skills and Functions

Skills required for Project Manager 

A project manager is a person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. Construction, petrochemical, architecture, information technology and many different industries that produce products and services use this job title.

Project management is not an easy job. In fact, it’s several not-easy jobs, including the initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing of a project. Even more difficult, that project is delegated to a team of your choosing, given specific goals to achieve over a defined timeline for a determined budget.

Project Manager Skills and Functions

Project Manager Skills and Functions

Roles and Responsibilities

The project manager is the individual responsible for delivering the project.

The role of the project manager encompasses many activities including:

  • Planning and Defining Scope
  • Activity Planning and Sequencing
  • Resource Planning
  • Developing Schedules
  • Time Estimating
  • Cost Estimating
  • Developing a Budget
  • Documentation
  • Creating Charts and Schedules
  • Risk Analysis
  • Managing Risks and Issues
  • Monitoring and Reporting Progress
  • Team Leadership
  • Strategic Influencing
  • Business Partnering
  • Working with Vendors
  • Scalability, Interoperability and Portability Analysis
  • Controlling Quality
  • Benefits Realisation


Skills and attributes needed to be a project manager

The project manager should be able to:

  1. apply a project management approach to the specific requirements of the project
  2. establish a good working relationship with the Senior Responsible Owner
  3. direct, manage and motivate the project team
  4. develop and maintain an agreed project plan and detailed stage plans
  5. understand and apply business case and risk management processes
  6. tailor expert knowledge to meet specific circumstances
  7. plan and manage deployment of physical and financial resources to meet project milestones
  8. build and sustain effective communications with other roles involved in the project
  9. apply quality management principles and processes


For a project to be successful, it requires a complete team effort. The roles and responsibilities assigned to the team members could be small or huge. But, at the end of the day, every role and responsibility matters as it’s a collective team effort.


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