What Does a Project Manager Do?
The project manager is the leader and organizer of a project from start to finish. They are the ones who keep everything organized, decide on tasks and their budget, and allocate those tasks. Project managers are creators of schedules and team assemblers. They're in charge of gathering necessary supplies and tools.
Creation of the project budget and payment for resources are also tasks that fall to the project manager. They're responsible for all documentation and proper filing. A large part of their job is risk management so that timetables are followed and workflow is unobstructed.
While project managers are undeniably leaders, it's important to understand that they are not necessarily the "boss." The project has been sold to a sponsor or stakeholder who has entrusted operations to the project manager, who in turn must report back to that sponsor or stakeholder on the project's progress.
What makes a good project manager? People who are well-organized, goal-oriented, and passionate about processes and planning are well-suited to this type of role. They need to perform well under pressure, be effective motivators, and offer solid leadership with strong communication skills. They should also have a good knowledge of process management methods and techniques. Does this sound like you? Then you might be cut out for a job as a project manager.
Project Management Methods
We mentioned choosing different process management tools, but what about techniques? Here are a few project management methods and techniques that are most commonly used:
- PMI/PMBOK: This method was created by the Project Management Institute (PMI). They published a book that breaks down a project into five stages: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing. This method can be used for a wide variety of projects. It's tried, tested, and reliable.
- Waterfall: A straightforward and linear method, this technique allows projects to only pass from one stage when the previous stage has been completed. This is a six-part model that is best used on highly structured projects that are not amenable to change.
- Agile: This method works great if you're planning on incorporating low-code app development into project management. The method was invented by software developers and values individuals who can respond to change over rigid processes.
- Six Sigma: This project management method focuses on improving quality by identifying what isn't working in a project. It was invented by Motorola engineers in the 1980s and involves using empirical statistics and a separate methodology to eliminate waste. This method is best for very large organizations.
Using Custom Applications in Project Management
Many of the methods and steps we've described can be best organized, tracked, and executed with the support of a custom business application. When you use Quickbase to build applications, you don't need the skills of a pro developer with extensive coding knowledge. Our no-code platform will allow you to design a unique and powerful project management solution for your organization.
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You can start a free trial of Quickbase today to get acclimated. Building a custom app with Quickbase or starting with a pre-built project management app can be a great way to get comfortable with project management and task management.