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What do project managers do all day?

I keep wondering on what project managers do all day. Our project manager seems to be doing nothing all day, just having small chit-chats with us every couple of hours, and then the rest of the day we all know that he's "busy" socializing on the Internet. Honestly, do we really need project managers if they do nothing all day?

In any case, I might be wrong, or it might be an isolated case (the previous PM was the same thing though), so can someone explain to me what project managers do in their working day?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

There is a huge misconception that project managers do nothing all day, because the team members don't see them producing actual work on the project (e.g. working on tasks). What project managers do is work on managerial tasks, or just project management tasks. Such tasks include:

- Planning (before the start of the project)
- Reporting
- Managing risks
- Updating the schedule
- Monitoring tasks
- Ensuring that the project meets the budget, the schedule, and the scope
- Processing change requests
- Ensuring that the client and the stakeholders are satisfied with the work done so far
- Managing conflicts and issues
- Ensuring that everyone on the project team is motivated

Sometimes, some project managers really don't do anything the whole day, but these project managers will soon disappear (e.g. fired) especially at times when financial constraints are tight.

Note: A similar question was asked and answered here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/734/what-do-project-managers-do-with-most-of-their-time
answered 8 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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