Project Manager/Team Leader Description - Roles & Responsibilities


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A list of the responsibilities of a project manager or team leader.


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What this is

A list of the core work and critical underlying responsibilities of a project manager or team leader. It goes beyond the standard "planning, tracking, communicating" list of Project Manager job duties, to clarifying the mindset and responsibility necessary for success. It also includes words from executives as to what they value in their strongest project managers, to help bring the job alive.

Use this list to help select the project manager and to clarify with the new project manager what his or her key responsibilities are.


Why it's useful

Selecting the right person for the role of project manager or team leader is crucial to project success.

New project managers may not be able to see past the sterile "task list" of what a project manager's job entails to understand the nuances of responsibility-taking that can be involved in carrying out those tasks.

It is crucial that the project manager understands his or her responsibilities and commit to them and that new project managers become educated on the nuances of the role. This guideline helps with both objectives.


How to use it

  1. Review this list when it is time to select a project manager or team lead for a new project.

  2. Add to the list any responsibilities that are important in your organization. Take into consideration the requirements of the project manager position, the type of project being launched, the people potentially available to serve as project manager, and who will be the best match for the project.

  3. Review the list with the new project manager to clarify and confirm his or her commitment to the responsibilities that project management entails.

  4. If the project manager is unsure of, or less experienced in, any particular area, plan for coaching or other means of educating and supporting them in that aspect of the role.

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