Project Managers (PMs) exist across multiple industry sectors. Particularly in today’s age where nearly all organizations rely on information and communication technology, the importance of ‘IT Project Managers’ is increasing.

 

Let’s understand the role of a PM in deciding the success or failure of IT projects such as software, web, and app development, and how they aid in achieving a company’s business goals.

 

 

 

Meaning of PM

PM stands for Project Manager or Product Manager. In IT, they plan and help with projects related to software, mobile apps, websites, etc. They are like service planners, web planners, app planners and platform planners.

 

 

 

What does a PM do?

 A project manager is someone who specializes in overseeing and ensuring that every aspect of a project is successfully completed to create a high-quality end product

 

Project managers (PMs) have the responsibility of overseeing the entire project to ensure that tasks are completed within budget, on time, and with minimal work interruptions. To better understand the role of a PM, we can break down the process into five main stages as follows:

 

Initiation – Set the project’s goals and write a project proposal that fits the organization’s needs, including a business plan.

 

Planning – Set the project’s scope, determine the budget, and allocate resources. Also, find the optimal solution for the team to achieve the goals successfully. This can include creating a storyboard.

 

Execution – According to the project plan, the entire team led by the PM performs tasks in each part (design, development, etc.). The ultimate goal is to create a deliverable.

 

Monitoring – It is also the PM’s role to monitor the work related to the project’s scope set in the planning stage and corresponding time, cost, quality, and other factors. If necessary, the PM ensures the project progresses smoothly through work adjustments and resource redistribution.

 

Closure – At the end of each stage, and at the final stage of the project, check and approve whether all work has been completed. The project is now finally delivered to all stakeholders, customers, and clients. This can include subsequent steps such as forming a support team, educating end-users, and post-management.

 

 

 

The Importance of PM (Project Manager) in IT Projects