Career Highlight: Project Management

Defining the Role of a Project Manager

Project Manager is one example of a profession currently in high demand by employers, and for good reason.  Due to the increasing responsibilities and varying roles of business leaders, it is in their best interest to hire an individual who can oversee the details of a project, from conception to completion, relieving other departmental executives and high ranking managers to focus on further important facets of the organization.

project-manager-working-staff-at-table“While a business is a continuous and ongoing operation, a project is a temporary venture aimed at producing a unique product, service or process,” noted small business, finance, and technology writer, Sarita Harbour in the Chron.com article, “Why Is it Important for Organizations to Use Project Management?”

Project Management, at its core, assures the strength and stability of new initiatives.  For instance, a company who is planning to launch a new product line or marketing strategy, develop a new website or even reboot a department will call upon their Project Manager to devise strategies, assign tasks, and ensure that team members are adhering to predetermined timeline and budget requirements.

Specific Duties of a Project Manager

When a project is assigned, it is the Project Manager’s responsibility to oversee every aspect. First, they must develop an itemized budget for the overall project.

Next, managers will need to assess the strengths and talents of team members in order to properly delegate them to specifically appropriate tasks. While micromanaging is not encouraged, Project Managers will need to be kept informed of all progress and delays and react accordingly to make sure deadlines are met.

While working on the project, Managers will also be monitoring the scope of the workload and making adjustments as needed, while adapting assignments according to any issues or hitches that arise. Budgets may also need to be modified as unforeseen delays, product repairs, or other hindrances develop. It is the Project Manager’s job to adjust and correct any problems while making certain the project continues to run smoothly

How to Enter the Field of Project Management

project-manager-word-collageAccording to Computerworld contributing author, Mary K. Pratt, “Project Management is one of the hottest skills in IT today. In [their] 2015 Forecast survey, Project Management expertise was identified as the second-most sought-after skill, trailing only [behind] programming/application development.” She continued that approximately 35 percent of the 194 participating IT executives noted that their hiring strategies necessitated locating employees with abilities to lead projects.

While training and education are important, employees may begin working toward becoming a Project Manager by participating in projects within their company. This is the best opportunity to observe the routines and practices of other Project Managers, while also learning the skills necessary to successfully obtain and uphold the management of an important company endeavor.

Mangers will need to be detailed-orientated as well as possess the ability to lead other team members. A background in finance is required for the purpose of ascertaining and maintaining budget needs.  A strong technical sense is also recommended since a vast number of Project Management positions currently exist within the IT field.  Regardless of the nature of the organization, a certain amount of training and knowledge in the field is certainly beneficial.

Conclusion

If you are a conscientious professional who appreciates and enjoys continuous learning, working with as well as leading others, and receiving recognition as the one who is responsible for a successfully completed job, then a career in Project Management may just be for you.

 

Fred Coon, CEO

 

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