Project manager

The person who leads the project work and is responsible for reaching the project objectives.

The project manager:

  • Gets acquainted with the project’s background and preliminary arena, and informs the team members.
  • Carries out a stakeholder analysis and works with the project team members to clarify the project arena.
  • Agrees the project arena with the project sponsor.
  • Visualizes the project contents and results.
  • Organizes the project and agrees with resource owners on the use of human and other resources.
  • Plans the project.
  • Handles uncertainties in the project through measures like active risk management.
  • Coordinates the work and keeps the tempo up through active daily management.
  • Keeps the project sponsor informed on the current status and possible deviations using status reports, etc.
  • Maintains contact with the receiver and the customer/user.
  • Puts together project status and information necessary for gate decisions.
  • Answers to the project sponsor for the achievement of the project objectives.
  • Delivers the project’s results to the customer.
  • Turns over responsibility to the receiver.
  • Holds a lessons-learned seminar, writes the final report and shares experiences.

Central to the project manager role is to eliminate obstacles and create conditions which facilitate progress so that everyone can work, collaborate and communicate as easily as possible. See also Subproject managers.


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