Will you be managing a project in the future? Maybe for the first time? Or maybe you still need some support in project management? In that case, let us introduce you below to the five key roles of a project manager that we have seen time and again in practice. The goal and the core tasks of the role in each case will serve as a guideline to help you implement your project successfully.
Please bear in mind that your precise role description will always depend on the different circumstances of each project. It is never just one role that applies. They move on a multidimensional level that involves all the key roles below – sometimes to a greater and sometimes a lesser extent. The main focus depends specifically on your team since, as project manager, you will need to fill in any gaps that come up.
This role is particularly important if you have a project team to lead – both internally and externally. The goal is to guide and motivate your team and to retain control. This is the only way to sustainably achieve the best possible results. Without management skills you are less a project manager than a project expert. To prevent this, take account of the following points:
As project manager, you are the face of the project, its representative, and at the same time you act as the place to go for an exchange of information and for your stakeholders to clarify any concerns.
Your core tasks are:
Do you manage to provide content-related stimuli as well as coordination? Then you are a really good project manager and visionary. Identifying new potential solutions and actively changing your team’s perspectives, and those of your customers/stakeholders so that, in this way, you can demonstrate new approaches to resolving problems by means of continually questioning – that is the goal. You can achieve it with these core tasks:
This role presents two important components: you have to sell both yourself and the relevance of the project so as to obtain the resources you need and support from the company. But the final project results also have to be “sold” well so that the project can be successfully completed. Concrete tasks in this context are:
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