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The PM Does Not Do The Work

Posted on | January 1, 2009 | Comments Off on The PM Does Not Do The Work

We all know that the PM is responsible for the outcome of the project. It is very easy to loose sight of why the PM position was created for. The PM is responsible for initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the project. But, the PMs do not do the project work as many are asked to do.

Managing a project is a full time job and it is a mistake to ask PMs to do project work such as business analysis, write specifications or some other type of work that, I don’t say they don’t have the skills to do, is outside of real project management work. The PM must concentrate on managing the project. The reason this position was created for is because of the need for someone to manage the projects so that they were on time, on budget and within scope.

After the PM has planned the project s/he must spend her/his time communicating with the project team (including stakeholders and customers) about the project, managing expectations, setting and re-setting priorities, forecasting resource demand, managing the project schedule, cost and quality, chairing meetings, controlling the project and identifying risks and issues that affect the project outcome.

Having a PM doing work other than managing projects is a serious mistake and contributes to the high volume of project failures. Don’t you think so…? Well, I do.


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