A Day in the Life of a Project Manager

Project managers are in charge of one or a set of projects within a company. They plan resources, handle finances, and organize the business documents related to the project. They also work directly with higher management to ensure the project has a set direction for success, and that it meets this definition of success at the completion period.

Your daily tasks as a project manager are likely to include the following:

  • Gathering requirements, deliverables, and timeframes from stakeholders
  • Agreeing on priorities with clients
  • Planning your resources
  • Creating project plans
  • Communicating key milestones
  • Communicating your project plan internally and with the client
  • Producing reports for management (e.g., performance metrics)
  • Communicating frequently with sponsors and stakeholders
  • Knowing your team’s strengths and weaknesses, together and individually
  • Planning around your team’s skills to ensure end success
  • Adhering to the critical path and having a plan to mitigate issues that invariably arise

“Identifying risks and asking for help will save you a lot of time and embarrassment.” — Sam Malik, PM

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