The person who is operationally responsible for reaching the project objectives. The project manager needs to be present in order to continuously work with motivating, inspiring and coaching the team members – working to create a good project culture.
The project manager:
- Coordinates the work and keeps the tempo up through active daily management.
- Gets acquainted with the project’s background and preliminary playfield and informs the team members.
- Carries out a stakeholder analysis together with key people to clarify the project’s playfield.
- Agrees and updates the project’s playfield with the project sponsor.
- Visualizes the project together with the team members for increased clarity.
- Organizes the project and agrees with resource owners on the availability and use of human and other resources.
- Plans the project at a relevant horizon and level of detail, together with the team members.
- Handles uncertainties in the project through measures like active risk management, together with the team members.
- Keeps the project sponsor informed on the current status and possible deviations using status reports, etc.
- Maintains contact with the receiver, the customer/user and other stakeholders.
- Puts together project status and information necessary for operational and strategic decision-making.
- Delivers the project’s results to the customer and hands over responsibility to the receiver.
- Continuously manages and documents lessons-learned, writes the final report and shares the 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.