Project managers ensure the project is completed on time and within budget, that the project’s objectives are met and that everyone else is doing their job properly. Projects are usually separate to usual day-today business activities and require a group of people to work together to achieve a set of specific objectives. Project managers oversee the project to ensure the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used and the different interests involved are satisfied.
Coordinating and assigning project teams
Coordinating scrums, publishing notes and managing tasks
Owning UX spec – this primarily means annotation on wireframes and client requirements.
Owning scope, collecting client requirements and managing client expectations
Coordination of scope creep, change orders and billing with management
Driving and communicating project timeline, deadlines and urgency
Selecting and coordinating all resources, including vendors and partners
Holding all leads accountable to their financial footprint
Looking for opportunities to create efficiencies in daily operations, and pitching leadership to incorporate change
The Project Manager will be using Basecamp and JIRA as their primary tool for communication.
Requirement & Skills
The Project Manager is ultimately responsible for moving projects forward efficiently and effectively
They must own three things on each project: budget, timeline and scope
The Project Manager will also have technical chops, be it a background in software development or even in commercial architecture
They will have the ability to input, review and manage spec, assuring the client and development teams have a comprehensive level of technical direction to move forward
The Project Manager should have loads of patience. They will be managing creatives, remote staff and working in varying time zones.
The PM should be prepared to either sneak in a Skype meeting at an off time, or write incredibly thorough spec and instructions for all to follow.
The ideal candidate for PM can’t sleep soundly at night if a project isn’t on time or on budget. They live for success, and take pride in their domain.