The role of a project manager is a critical one for delivering a successful project. The range of tasks they complete to deliver a project can be wide, but essentially, the project manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project. To do this they will need to be skilled at managing the various aspects of a project including: scope, schedule, finance, risk, quality and resources. Project managers do not carry out all the project work themselves, they will manage a specifically selected team who are all working towards achieving the project objectives.
What is project management?
What can projects deliver?
What skills do I need?
There are a whole range of skills you need to be a successful project manager, and they’re not necessarily all technical. They may be skills you already use in your day to day life as well as being job-specific abilities developed through education and training. We call these soft skills and hard skills, which can range from leadership, communication and decision making to risk management, budgeting and project planning.
It is important to have the right balance and combination of the various skills needed to be a successful project manager, as explored within this blog.
A day in the life of a project manager
Spencer is a project manager in the engineering/construction sector.
I’ve been a project manager for nearly 10 years, and started the role a little further into my working life than others (I was previously a people manager). I remember when I first had the idea of a career change. I got together with some old friends to organise and reform my old rugby team. Turns out I needed a lot of planning and organisation skills to make this happen. It made me think: I’m good at this, and I enjoy it; could it become my career?