What is a Project Manager? A Detailed Look

Adriana Girdler

Everything you need to know about the role of a project manager Not totally clear on what exactly a project manager is? It’s important to …

Everything you need to know about the role of a project manager

Not totally clear on what exactly a project manager is? It’s important to know what a project manager is because project managers are so important to the success of any project across many industries. Here is a complete overview.

Project manager definition

A project manager is traditionally thought of as someone in charge of planning and executing specific tasks in order to get to the deliverable of the project.

But project management is also about motivating and managing people on the project team.  Usually, those people don’t directly report into the project manager; they have other people that they report into.

So, the project manager must be really good at communicating and motivating the team through the five stages of project management to keep the project on track.

What are project managers responsible for?

Project managers oversee the big-picture view of the project. This includes the 5 specific stages of project management: Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitor & Control, and Closing.

Within those stages are very specific tasks that project managers need to guide their team through. For example, the project manager is responsible for scope statements, ensuring timelines are working together, dependencies, budgets, resourcing, and more. There are a lot of moving pieces to a project, and the project manager must look at these things wholistically and strategically.

Essentially, the main function of a project manager is to make sure that everything is prepared so that their team can be successful to execute on the scope, time and budget.

What does a project manager do?

When it comes to what project managers do, I want to make sure you have all the details you need to be successful in project management. I’ve created a video that goes into more detail about the tasks and responsibilities of project managers. Head on over to YouTube with me for that!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, 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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