Project managers are masters of relationship building and demonstrate a command of the critical leadership, analytical, math and time management skills needed to deliver results on time and on budget. That’s why the PMP® certification is highly valued and respected, both by companies and their customers, as it highlights the most skilled and committed professionals. Professionals with a PMP® certification can work in a variety of industries, including business, information technology, human resources, manufacturing, construction, insurance, financial services, advertising/marketing, engineering, healthcare, training and education and more.
Here’s a breakdown of what project managers do on a daily basis in each phase of the project management lifecycle.
- Determine overall vision
- Create the business case to be approved by key stakeholders
- Clarify the scope and objectives
- Understand possible risks and cost of the project
- Identify resources, skills and products
- Determine project team
- Create and maintain a workable plan
- Create and manage the project budget
- Anticipate issues that may occur
- Set timelines and milestones– A project must have a Start and End Date. It should not continue indefinitely.
- Activity planning
- Business partnering
- Set up systems of communication
- Ensure each team member contributes
- Ensure that the scope and direction of each project is on schedule
- Lead meetings
See The 5 Types of Meetings Project Managers Need to Master
- Monitor progress
- Document all aspects of each project
- Take corrective action when necessary
- Review metrics
- Implement the solution into production
- Ensure projects deliver results on time and on budget
- Lessons learned
See The Professional’s Guide to Lessons Learned
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