Role of the Project Management

Key concepts on the role of the project manager

Project Managers

  • Project managers are change agents in organizations.

  • Project managers are not expected to perform every role on the project.

  • Project managers provide leadership, and perform the planning and coordination work on projects.

Functional Managers

  • Focuses on providing management oversight for a functional or business unit. Example, Director of the IT Department, or Head of Finance, or Head of Sales and Marketing, etc.

Operations Managers

  • Manage the ongoing operations of the organization. Example, helpdesk manager, plant (factory) manager, etc.

Notes on Strategy, Tactics and Operations

  • Strategic - long term (for example - are you in the right industry)

  • Tactical - medium term (next 1 year or so)

  • Operational - short term (next 1 month or so)