Project Management Responsibilities

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What is the primary goal of executing a strategic vision in a corporation?

To achieve success and profitability

Who is considered the 'Father of planning and control techniques' in project management?

Henry Gantt

What is a characteristic of a project?

A unique set of activities with a specific start and finish date

When did organizations start to systematically apply project management tools and techniques to complex engineering projects?

1950s

What is the role of the architect in project management?

To play a key role in project management, including planning, execution, and control

What is the primary reason for establishing a strategic vision in an organization?

To deliver on strategic initiatives

Who is an example of a historical figure who contributed to project management?

All of the above

What is the purpose of a Gantt Chart in project management?

To visualize and track project progress

What is a characteristic of a project's outcome?

It is defined and specific

What is the primary goal of project management in a corporation?

To deliver on strategic initiatives and achieve profitability

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Project Management Responsibilities

  • Managing the project's scope, schedule, and cost to support the sponsor's expectations is the project manager's responsibility.
  • Communicating roles to project investors is crucial for a successful project.
  • Typical duties include managing the development of the communications plan, project charter, risk assessment, and detailed schedules.
  • Providing team leadership for problem resolution by working with the lowest organizational levels possible and increasing as necessary.
  • Monitoring schedule and costs versus project progress to identify potential problems and re-planning the project as necessary.
  • Taking, directing, or recommending corrective action when scope, schedule, or cost variances threaten the project.
  • Providing input to the performance reviews of the project team members and negotiating a resolution to team member resource conflicts with their functional managers.

Project Management vs Construction Management

  • Project management involves applying knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.
  • Construction management is a project delivery system that uses a construction manager to facilitate the design and construction of a project by organizing and directing men, materials, and equipment.
  • Project managers oversee all elements of a project, including manufacturing, construction, and marketing, whereas construction managers are involved in personnel management at the construction site.
  • Project managers have more authority and responsibility than construction managers, leading and motivating a team of managers and workers.

Introduction to Project Management

  • A project is a unique set of activities that produce a defined outcome, with a specific start and finish date, and a specific allocation of resources.
  • The business environment is characterized by change, complexity, and the need for competitiveness, productivity, customer focus, and profitability.
  • Executing the strategic vision of a corporation is critical to its success, and projects and programs that deliver on strategic initiatives have varying degrees of success.
  • The history of project management dates back to the 1st century BC, with notable figures such as Vitruvius, Christopher Wren, Thomas Telford, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel contributing to its development.
  • The 1950s saw the systematic application of project management tools and techniques to complex engineering projects.
  • Forefathers of management, such as Henry Gantt and Henri Fayol, developed planning and control techniques and management functions that are still used in project and program management today.

This quiz covers the roles and responsibilities of a project manager, including communicating with project investors, managing scope, schedule, and cost, and supporting the sponsor's expectations.

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