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One of the first activities to address at the hour of pulling out a project is to name the project manager. The role of this person is key for he/she will be in charge of coordinating/leading all the aspects related to the project.
In many projects, I have been able to see that there is not just one person responsible for making decisions, but the responsibility is diluted between distinct people in charge of different aspects of the project: technology, law, functions, and business.
Specific managers in specific fields within a project is not bad, but there must always be one particular person wit the capacity to make decisions: to resolve conflicts, to select different options, to coordinate distinct parts of a project, to communicate, etc. It is what is called accountability: a sole person who has the total/essential responsibility of the project.
Another aspect that calls my attention in many projects is the manager has a marked technical character. This happens a lot in high technology projects where the Project Director is often worried of low level aspects and where project management function is performed by a technician of the team as a reporting activity.
What is the Project Manager’s function? Does he/she have to dedicate time to technical activities?
I rely on PMBok®: “The project director concentrates on the specific objectives of the project“. It must be planned what to do, keep track of how it’s running, make decisions to correct issues, inform stakeholders involved, etc.
The project manager plays a key role in coordinating all the resources of a project.