Project Management: Team Roles and Responsibilities

Adriana Girdler

Definitions of all the project team roles that you need to know! For a project to be successful, it doesn’t just need strategic planning, but …

Definitions of all the project team roles that you need to know!

For a project to be successful, it doesn’t just need strategic planning, but a talented team. So, what exactly are those project team roles and responsibilities?

Let’s break down the most important project team member roles.

Project Sponsor

This is one of the most important roles. Projects don’t just come out of thin air; they’re usually linked to some strategic initiative, which usually comes from senior executives.

Your project sponsor is usually a senior executive member who is representing the project that the executive team decided they want to move forward with.

Why is this important?

The project sponsor is a direct link to the project manager and the strategy that is occurring in the organization. They will provide the high-level information such as why the project is happening, what exactly they want the project manager to do, and they’re there to help course correct and ensure that the project manager is successful.

The success of the project manager and team will ensure that the project sponsor is addressing the overall needs of the organization that the executive team decided is important.

Project Manager

The project manager has the over-arching responsibility to ensure that the scope statement in the project charter actually comes to fruition.

This includes working closely with the project team, executive members, sponsor, and steering committee.

When it comes to additional activities, they are also responsible to ensure that everything is organized and documentation is up-to-date. They are responsible for creating the scope statement and gathering the initial information, charter, and project plan.

If you want to know more of the project team roles so you can get better manage your project team, make sure you check out the video I made about it over on YouTube, which goes more in-depth.

Meanwhile, if you’re part of a project team, consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project from concept to close. Plus, you get access to every template you will need along the way, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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