Project Manager

The project manager is the person who has the authority and responsibility for a project. His success is measured by the extent to which he has been able to achieve the project's objectives within the time and budget allocated.

In the National Classification of Occupations and Posts, it is not clear which position corresponds to a project manager. In the field of information and communication technologies, this may be "Manager, computer systems: systems development" with code 1330-6007. It is characteristic of the project manager that he usually does not manage subordinates outside the project. However, the project manager may also be the manager of the department where most project participants work. In different phases of the project may have different associates by number and specialty, in part this may be outsourced to the organization. The position is applicable to every industry. Duties and responsibilities are independent of the industry. However, the project manager should have experience in the industry, as the project produces a product whose process and specifics he needs to know in order to manage, communicate and plan effectively. Reference: What is project management

Project Manager Responsibilities

The work of the project manager is considered to be very difficult and comprehensive, which is why these kinds of specialists are highly sought after and highly paid around the world. This type of skill is especially important for anyone who is involved in a self-initiative activity that involves others. A successful project manager must be proactive, anticipate the risks and address them adequately.

In practice, the project manager assumes responsibility for the project as a whole. To do this, it must perform a variety of functions, some of which are:


  • Management - develops a plan for each phase of the project, prioritizes and optimizes the goals, distributes the tasks among the participants in the project and controls their implementation within the set deadline. See Project Management
  • Provides alternatives for making the right decisions by the sponsor
  • Coordinates and plans the work of project participants
  • Contracts deliveries from internal and external to the organization participants in the project.


Communication - discusses the goals and objectives of "their language" with all participants in the project, resolves conflicts between them and strives to create a good and ethical working atmosphere, prepares a campaign to introduce changes as a result of the project.


Control - periodically monitors costs within the budget for each phase of the project
Periodically reports to the sponsors the progress of the project, the costs up to now and the activities to come
Like other activities around the project, the manager may decide to delegate any of them, but ultimately the overall responsibility remains. In some countries where skilled and reliable personnel are a very rare and valuable resource, it is often a requirement for project managers to be prepared to personally handle each subproject of the project or provide a quick replacement for each subcontractor.

Certificates for project managers

The International Project Management Association (IPMA) carries out project management certification for A, B, C and D. Project management certification (for C and D levels) is carried out by the Project Management Association and Project Management Academy. (PMA). PMI offers the Project Management Professional certification. AMP Group administers the PRINCE2 project management method certification. The US-based CompTIA has developed its Project + certification for IT projects.

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