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How does a project manager know what to do?

We're a small company intending to use project management, so we would like to hire a dedicated project manager and assign him to manage our projects. Will he know immediately what to do without us giving him directions? And if yes, then how does he know what he should do (is it just by following a certain standard process)?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

Since you're a small company that has never used project management, it's better to get a project manager with a proven experience in managing projects. Generally, project managers know what to do themselves:

- Manage the requirements (gather the requirements, translate the requirements into the project plan)
- Create the project management documents
- Manage the project (ensure it's on time, on budget, on scope)
- Manage the resources (assigning resources, ensuring resources are completing their tasks, resolving conflicts, handle motivational issues)
- Manage the stakeholders (that's you) and accommodating their requests
- Manage change (including creating the change control)
- Manage project procurement (vendor/contract management)

The above are the standard responsibilities of a project manager. But for a project manager to COMPLETELY know what to do and how to do it, you need to explain to him the following:

- Who does he report to?
- What is your most important and critical constraint? Is it time, money, or quality?
- What is your organization's type?
- Does he have authority over the resources?
- Will he be responsible or accountable for the project, or both?
- Do you usually intervene in the projects?
- Do your project experience heavy changes because of the client?
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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