Monday, 26 December 2011

Project Manager

What is It?

A Project Manager is someone who is in charge of making sure that all parts of a specific operation, project, or piece of software are well-coordinated, and running smoothly, as well as facilitating communication and data exchange between the various elements of the project.
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How is IT involved?

Of the Project Manager's many tools and skill sets, his knowledge and expertise in Information Technology is the most pertinent and useful. To help with making sure a large project runs smoothly, a Project Manager needs to know all about how to communicate effectively and quickly, coordinate the software used by the different parts of the project, make sure that the different elements are all compatible, and ready to go.  A Project Manager also needs intimate knowledge of all of the elements of the project themselves, so that they can understand why a certain part works the way it does, and how it fits in with the others.

Where can I see it?

Project Managers are evident everywhere in today's corporate society. Most major projects these days are too large for a single person, or even a single team to handle, and so a project manager is needed to coordinate.  You'll find project managers working at software companies, coordinating for major launches, at environmental associations, making sure things run smoothly, and at nearly every high-profile entertainment industry company you can find.
Project Managers use tools such as Microsoft Project, Calendar applications, and office productivity suites in order to effectively do their job.

How can I be a part of it?

Project Managers need strong inter-personal skills, as well as a large capacity for remembering small details, and coordinating people.  If you enjoy working as part of a team, and helping to direct the eventual goals of your team, you would do well as a Project Manager
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What else might I like?

Project Managers work closely with Software Designers, Computer Engineers, Public Relations and Quality Assurance.

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