Project manager jobs
A project manager is often responsible for the success or failure of a project.
This means the manager has to stay on top of every aspect of the project and its operations in order to ensure that the project is successful. Some of the broad responsibilities of a project manager include:
- Planning - The project manager has to visualize and plan the entire project. He/she should be able to determine how long it will take, how many engineers are needed to complete the job, what should be the scope of the project and so much more. This initial planning lays down the structure for the successful completion of the entire project.
- Implementation - If planning is one side of the coin, implementing them well is the other side. The project manager has to ensure that the project's execution is based on the plan with little deviations.
- Managing the budget - One of the biggest responsibilities of a project manager is to manage the budget. Costs tend to go up with delays in execution and due to unexpected incidents, so the manager has to make provisions for all these in the initial budget itself.
- Managing teams - This is probably the hardest part of a project manager's job because it requires good communication, attitude and leadership qualities to motivate and manage many engineers who are a part of the team.
To become a project manager, one requires a background in business management. Often, engineers move up the ladder in the IT industry. A certification from the Project Management Institute as well as ample knowledge in this area also help.