The PMBOK Refresher

What is the Role of the Project Manager?

Copyright © 2017 by Tomislav N. Krnich

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  1. What is the name for an organization whose personnel are most directly involved in doing the work of the project?
    • The performing organization.
  2. Who assigns projects to the project manager?
    • The performing organization.
  3. What is the performing organization’s primary expectation of the project manager?
    • To lead the team that is responsible for achieving the project objectives.
  4. Is the role of the project manager the same as a functional manager?
    • No.
  5. How is the project manager’s role different from a functional manager?
    • The functional manager is focused on providing management oversight for a functional unit or business unit, while on the other hand, the project manager is focused on providing management oversight for a cross-matrix unit (the project team) made of members from various functional and business units.
  6. Is the role of the project manager the same as an operations manager?
    • No.
  7. How is the project manager’s role different from an operations manager?
    • The operations manager is responsible for ensuring that on-going, permanent, business operations are efficient, while on the other hand, a project manager is responsible for ensuring that temporary, short-term, business operations (their projects) are efficient.
  8. Outside of the context of a program or portfolio, who may a project manager report to?
    • A functional manager.
  9. Outside of the context of a program or portfolio, name the two primary responsibilities the functional manager expects of the project manager.
    1. To achieve project objectives, and
    2. to ensure the project plan aligns with the objectives of the performing organization.
  10. In the context of a program or portfolio, who may a project manager report to?
    • A program or portfolio manager.
  11. In the context of a program or portfolio, name the two primary responsibilities the program or portfolio manager expects of the project manager.
    1. To achieve project objectives, and
    2. to ensure the project plan aligns with the objectives of the program or portfolio plan.
  12. The project manager works closely and in collaboration with many other roles. Name three.
    1. Business Analysts
    2. Subject Matter Experts
    3. Quality Assurance Managers

 

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