Everyone in a team has their own roles and responsibilities, their own duties to carry out, their own specialties. The manager of a team manages all those people and what they’re doing. To the uninitiated, this management role might seem expendable. If the members of the team know what they’re doing, couldn’t they do it without the backing of a manager?
But the role of a project manager, or any kind of manager in any industry for that matter, is essential to the success of a project. Let’s look at some of the key contributions project managers make toward the project and why they are so important.
Coordinating different parties
The project manager doesn’t just communicate with and direct the team working on the project. They also act as the point of contact with the client, stakeholders, vendors, and any other parties involved. Without a project manager, the team working directly on the project’s result would have to take on these responsibilities, eating into the time and effort required to actually complete the project.
Another concern that team members shouldn’t have to worry about is the budget of the project. Although they may have a say in budget allocation, they can then get on with their work without worrying how much is being spent across the board. The project manager is in charge of managing the budget and making sure the team is staying on track. So, if there are any problems or changes, the project manager can bring them up and correct course if necessary.
The same goes for the amount of time being spent on the project and individual tasks. The project manager should be on top of any milestones and deadlines across the entire project. The manager can then guide team members to work toward and meet these milestones and deadlines. Again, if there are any changes, the project manager can adjust the work schedule to make sure the most important tasks are being focused on.
Team members shouldn’t have to work with the fear of potential risks looming over them and how to deal with them if they do arise. The project manager should have contingency plans in place for if any of these risks do occur. If they do, then the manager should take a point in guiding employees through how to deal with the risks appropriately.
The project manager isn’t just the brains behind the operation, but they are also the heart. A project manager should have a vision of how the project will progress and of its end result. Their role is to inspire this vision in their team members. They are not just there to tell employees what to do, but also to motivate them to want to do it well. A project manager keeps the team going even through the most demanding projects.
Essentially, the project manager makes it as easy as possible for a project’s team members to get their job done well, on time, and on budget. Without a good project manager, the process will be much less efficient, making it less likely that the client’s needs are met.
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