Why Do You Need a Project Manager and Whether It Is Possible to Go Without This Specialist
Planning an IT project involves several key figures in a team. Depending on the scale of the project, an IT team often includes frontend and backend developers, UI/UX designers, team lead, scrum master, chief architect, QA manager, product owner, business analyst and a project manager. When it comes to discussing the estimate of a project, clients may question whether all project roles are necessary to be there. This is a legitimate question for every company manager whose good intention is to optimise the costs and make the company expenses worthwhile.
While most project roles make perfect sense by how they sound, the role of a project manager often becomes questionable, especially when it comes to smaller projects.
To solve the dilemma of whether you need a project manager on a project, let us take a deeper look at what this specialist does and how this role influences the project outcome.
When we hire a team of developers and other project related specialists, we want to believe that each of them knows their function and has a clear idea of what the final product should be like for a client. The reality is, regardless of how good they are at their own jobs, you need a leader who coordinates the work of all team members, ensures that the deadlines are met, the product serves its purpose and complies with the client’s requirements and all this is implemented within the set budget.
A project manager is the person who is present at all stages of a project – from preparation to product delivery.
Before the project kicks off, a project manager is responsible for:
– Choosing the team of developers
– Identifying their roles and areas of responsibility
– Setting up the project objective based on the product requirements
– Setting up deliverables and deadlines
– Making a resource plan
– Creating communication routine with the client.
Once the project has started, a project manager will deal with:
– Onboarding the team
– Creating the infrastructure
– Building a project map
– Keeping the project documentation
– Preparing reports
– Monitoring work processes
– Ensuring uninterruptible work of all team members
– Ensuring safety
– Communicating the project status to a client
– Optimising bug-tracking system etc.
Project manager is also responsible for managing the team, running staff meetings and ensuring that they work in a friendly environment for the success of a project. In the event of any issues or problems emerging during the project implementation, is it PM who will roll up his sleeves and ensures that they get resolved.
Automated dashboards, reports, performance review and analysis –a project manager uses all these tools to communicate the project development to a client.
In addition, a project manager continuously monitors adhering to the product requirements, meeting the project deliverables and the allocated budget and remains a focal point of contact for his team and a client throughout the whole project cycle.
Sounds like there is a lot in PM’s hands, right? Correct. This is why launching a project under the supervision of an experienced PM is completely worthwhile. It will pay off through a successfully developed product and a happy client at the end of the day.
At Magnise, we pay particular attention to selecting the right project manager for your project. We realise that this role often defines the success of a project and select project managers to suit the project requirement in the best way possible. After all, a project manager is the person who oils the wheels of every project that we deliver. We are happy to provide our clients with several candidates and let them choose the best specialist. Contact us to find out more and we will be delighted to discuss how we can get you closer to implementing a project that will boost your company performance.