What does a Project Manager actually do?
Well for me its not the usual “manage and co-ordinate trades and contractors onsite”
Far from it. The key roles of a project manager are as follows:
- Stakeholder Management – making sure everyone in the project is consulted and communicated with, in accordance with their significance
- Risk Management – identification and management of all risks that could impact the project
- Setting the project up for success – producing and compiling all the documentation necessary to achieve project success (I call this the baseline)
- Controlling project delivery – measuring and managing project performance against the baseline set
These aren’t the only things a project manager does, but these are the fundamentals.
Project management is all about following a tried and tested process for delivering projects.
I use the Successful Project Delivery Blueprint which is based around Global Project Management best practice coupled with my experience of delivering projects from £10k to £4bn.