What does a Project Manager do everyday?
If you’re wondering what a Project Manager does on a daily basis then you’re in the right place. The challenges and obstacles you will face every day are and will be unpredictable, making co-ordination and control very important. Below you will see a snippet of what to expect on a daily basis in the life of a Project Manager.
Organisation will play a vital part in being a successful Project Manager. Make sure that you have each stage of the project planned well. The team who are working with you need to understand their individual objectives as well.
Explain why your team has these objectives so they can understand why they’re doing it. You will need to know what is going on with the project and what you will be doing on a daily basis.
Leading a Team
Leading and motivating your team will become part of your daily activity as a Project Manager.
You will be expected to lead them in the correct way, making sure that motivation is high. This ensures that you achieve your deadlines and objectives on time whilst staying within the project budget.
You will have daily/weekly catch ups with your team to make sure you’re on track to complete the project you’re working on, on time.
Managing your money spend will be more than just monitoring what you're spending your money on. You will have to monitor the work that is actually being done.
This will give you an idea if you’re going to over spend on the project.
Delegating effectively within your team will free up more time for you get on with the tasks you need to complete within a set time frame.
You have to remember that you can’t do everything and will need to delegate.
As a Project Manager you will have to be a strong decision maker. Although perhaps not every decision will be the correct one, you need to be firm with your decisions.
After all, you’re the one managing the project so if you think it’s the right decision you need to go with it.
Focus on your customers’ needs and wants throughout the project by keeping them happy at every stage possible.
If you don’t keep your customers happy then this will cause issues throughout. It can make a simple task difficult, which you don’t want when working towards tight deadlines.
Holding meetings and writing agendas will become part of your daily life as a Project Manager. You will need to keep your team updated with each stage of the project to keep everything on track. From this, you will be able to make sure that all tasks are completed and ensure you're on the right path for the project’s completion.
A well organised Project Manager will choose a set time to action all emails, which is usually in the morning before the business day starts. Replying to all enquiries or problems that may have arisen will keep the project moving in the right direction.
Throughout the project you will have objectives that will have completed on time within the budget you allocated. This will be important for you and your team to celebrate, as it will keep them motivated as some stages of the project inevitably won’t go to plan - so you will need to keep spirits high.
As a Project Manager the role will change on a daily basis so if you get bored easily then this a great career path for you.
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