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What's A Project Manager?

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As days and months go by, as progression starts to call it quit, and as I begin to wonder what else can be done, questions start to pop one by one in my head. The moment I ask questions, of which I seldom do, it means I'm rather perplexed.

So, as an effort of self-analyzing and self-reviewing, I read up about being a project manager and found an informative article, as below:

PROJECT/PRACTICE RELATED COMPETENCIES

Project /Practice Management


* Creates and executes project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.* Acts as coordinator to facilitate smooth communication between various internal teams and review project deliverables before passing to client.

* Provides continuous system support and technical expertise to on-going projects.

* Provides operational process analysis to fulfill customer requirements.


* Identifies resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.

* Manages day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope.
* Effectively applies methodology and enforces project standards.

* Prepares for engagement reviews and quality assurance procedures.

* Minimizes exposure and risk on project.

* Ensures project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately.

Project Accounting

* Tracks and reports team hours and expenses on a weekly basis.

* Manages project budget.

* Determines appropriate revenue recognition, ensures timely and accurate invoicing, and monitors receivables for project.

* Follows up with clients, when necessary, regarding unpaid invoices.

* Analyzes project profitability, revenue, margins, bill rates and utilization.

CAREER PATH CORE COMPETENCIES

Financial Management


* Understands basic revenue models, cost-to-completion projections, and makes decisions accordingly.

* Understands pricing model and billing procedures.

* Accurately forecasts revenue, profitability, margins, bill rates, and utilization.

* Assures project legal documents are completed and signed.

Business Development

* Identifies business development and "add-on" sales opportunities as they relate to a specific project.

* Effectively conveys our message in both written and verbal business development discussions.

Communication

* Facilitates team and client meetings effectively.

* Holds regular status meetings with project team.

* Keeps project team well informed of changes within the organization and general corporate news.

* Effectively communicates relevant project information to superiors.

* Delivers engaging, informative, well-organized presentations.

* Resolves and/or escalates issues in a timely fashion.

* Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.

Technical Understanding

* Possesses general understanding in the areas of application programming, database and system design.

* Understands Internet, Intranet, Extranet, and client/server architectures.

* Possesses a thorough understanding of our capabilities.

* Maintains awareness of new and emerging technologies and the potential application on client engagements.

PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES 


Personal

* Self-motivated, self-starter, possesses good working attitude, target-oriented with ability to work independently, good problem solving skills, and requires minimal supervision.


* Good time management and self discipline.

* Good business acumen, resourceful, and able to work under stressful circumstances.

* Pleasant and presentable.

* Good communication skills. 


Leadership

* Challenges others to develop as leaders while serving as a role model and mentor.

* Manages the development of team by ensuring, when possible, that project tasks are in line with each Innovator's career interests.

* Inspires co-workers to attain goals and pursue excellence.

* Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change.

* Manages the process of innovative change effectively.

* Remains on the forefront of emerging industry practices.

Teamwork

* Consistently acknowledges and appreciates each team member's contributions.

* Effectively utilizes each team member to his/her fullest potential.

* Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner.

* Keeps track of lessons learned and shares those lessons with team members.

* Mitigates team conflict and communication problems.

* Plans and facilitates regular team activities outside of the office.

Client Management

* Manages day-to-day client interaction.

* Sets and manages client expectations.

* Develops lasting relationships with client personnel that foster client ties.

* Communicates effectively with clients to identify needs and evaluate alternative business solutions.

* Continually seeks opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and deepen client relationships.

* Builds a knowledge base of each client's business, organization, and objectives.

ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Innovator Development

 
* Conducts effective performance evaluations and mentors those with less experience through formal channels.

* Helps team execute career development plans.

* Seeks and participates in development opportunities above and beyond training required by us.

* Trains other innovators and clients through both formal and informal training programs.

* Encourages more junior innovators to take responsibility for their development within the company.

* Challenges fellow innovators to progress toward their professional development goals.

Internal Operations

* Suggests areas for improvement in internal processes along with possible solutions.

* Leads internal teams/task forces.

* Approves team members' time and expense reports in a conscientious and timely manner.

* Reviews the status reports of team members and addresses issues as appropriate.

* Complies with and helps to enforce standard policies and procedures.


Verdict: Sounds complicated huh? I think the part about organizational responsibilities are for seniors.

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