Are you thinking about kicking off a career in project management, but are not clear on what exactly does a project manager do?
Being a project manager is an excellent job, But it’s not exactly sometimes what you think it is. I’m going to share with you the role of the project manager.
1. Ensure Customer Satisfaction
It is all about the stakeholder and who’s the stakeholder? It’s everyone from the sponsor, to your project team members to the people who are actually going to be the recipients of your project deliverable.
So you really need to ensure that everybody is satisfied. And how do you do that? Well, you do it through emotional intelligence, you really need to get attuned to where people are and what they’re thinking because sometimes people don’t speak up.
And part of that is communication, communicate, communicate, communicate. Project Management is all about communication, And if you’re gonna have great customer satisfaction, which is critical for projects, then get in tune with people and communicate as much as you can to ensure that everyone’s on the same page.
2. Be a Cheerleader
Your job as a project manager is to motivate your team, Don’t forget, these are people who don’t necessarily report directly to you, they have other managers.
So how do you motivate people in order to really excel at the project work that they’re doing for you plus all the other work?
While it’s you got to cheer them on, you got to ensure that they are inspired, Are you ready to be your cheerleader for your team write down Go team in the comments below.
3. Be the gatekeeper
So as a project manager, you have to ensure things don’t spiral out of control, So you have to help people from jumping on any bandwagon. And ensuring things are very systematic.
this is a really important aspect of project management that sometimes gets missed because of senior executives and the pressure project managers feel, don’t get sucked into that be the gatekeeper, it’s going to help you out in the long run.
4. Be the paper pusher
Okay, project management is all about documentation, We need our project plans, we need our timelines, So yeah, you are pushing a lot of paper by It is important because that helps you keep people on track.
And it ties into everything else that you’re doing as a project manager, you need that documentation.
So just realize it’s a big part of what you’re doing and set aside some time to ensure that you’re not working on all your paperwork at night, you have a life to
5. Be the Mother Hen or the Father rooster
Now, sometimes amongst us, project managers will say yeah, what do you do? I babysit a lot. Now if that’s ever happened to you, please write it in the comments below.
But yes, as a project manager, you have to ensure and peck away at everything, and just making sure that everyone is on track.
So it’s, again, all tied in with everything else that you do from the paper-pushing and the cheerleading and all that fun stuff.
But you really have to ensure that people are in a rhythm, they’re getting things done that when you have due dates, you ensure that they’re following them.
So yeah, you got to pick away you got to babysit a bit. It’s okay. Because when you do it well, people will deliver, And that’s ultimately your goal.
Now that you understand the role of a project manager, I want to take you from being a good project manager to a great project manager.
you know If you’re starting out on projects, I would love to hear from you. I read the comments, please send me a message below as to how things are going. I’d love to hear from you.