Does Your Project Need a Project Manager?

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WHO IS A PROJECT MANAGER?

Suppose you want to build an app. As long as you’ve talked to a software company’s sales department and made an agreement, the baton is handed over to the app development team. These people will plan your product, create different facets of it, make the product work as planned, and conduct quality testing. The team typically includes:

  • Project Manager;
  • UX/UI Designer;
  • Frontend Developer;
  • Backend Developer;
  • QA Tester.

THE MANY ROLES OF A PM

Each project manager is a professional with a wide range of responsibilities. They include negotiations, estimations, time management, team management, quality assurance, and quick problem-solving. Besides all those, a qualified PM will:

  • determine what pain points your app will solve for users;
  • roadmap the application development process;
  • communicate with you and the team searching for the best way to complete the project while staying within your schedule and budget.
These are the key roles of any Project Manager

ROLE 1: ESTIMATIONS AND NEGOTIATIONS

Agile project management starts with analyzing the project to better understands how much effort, expense, and time is required. A project manager conveys these estimations to a client and then negotiates on features, team members, technologies, and other things to get consent. The expert works as a point of contact between the client and the software development company. All in all, a project management professional is able to do the following:

  1. Choose the technical solution and development model according to your budget, timeline, type of project (building a product from scratch or adding new functionality to the existing one), and so on.
  2. Selects the right team specifically for your project. For example, if you need a release as soon as possible, a project manager will suggest an extended team of developers to work faster.

ROLE 2: COORDINATION OF RESOURCES

A project manager coordinates all the resources at each stage of application development. This person sets goals, monitors the time, motivates the team to use their skills most effectively, and keeps them on track. What is more, a PM regularly communicates the progress to the client, creates reports, and tracks documents. A specialist in Agile project management makes the development workflow transparent, removes any obstacles, and demonstrates the project value. Another responsibility is introducing changes and testing results to the team. A project management professional can effectively adjust the plan according to changes in a customer’s marketing strategy, an app’s features or technologies, QA testing results, and so on. The PM’s job here is to minimize risks, avoid chaos, and keep costs from unexpected rising.

ROLE 3: TEAM MANAGEMENT

A project manager composes the team based on each member’s availability so that a project can be completed on time. After that, a PM fully involved in the processes of app design, development, and testing. This person should organize team meetings that include but not limited to:

  • telling about changes;
  • monitoring results and deadlines;
  • resolving problems and misunderstandings.

ROLE 4: COMMUNICATION AND PROBLEM MITIGATION

One of the vital roles of a project management professional is to provide effective communication between a client and a development team. Sometimes it involves problem mitigation, handling possible risks, and resolving other difficult issues. During the web or app development process, a project manager often explains to a customer how the changes made or unexpected issues can influence a current work scope and budget. One of the goals of Agile project management is finding ways to fit the project into time and budget limitations.

ROLE 5: QUALITY ASSURANCE

A quality product will sell much better, that’s a fact. This is why eliminating as many bugs as possible and doing quality checks at every development stage is crucial. The project manager carefully monitors testing results to ensure consistent work of the end product. A customer will receive a final project report with a list of built features, technical specifications, recommendations for continuous support, ideas for improvements and future versions, etc.

ROLE 6: TIMELY PRODUCT DELIVERY

Each project manager constantly watches how the product goals are being achieved. At the same time, this specialist should make sure that the team members aren’t overloaded with tasks and can finish everything as planned. Another duty is time management and reminding the team about quality and prompt delivery.

HOW WE HIRE GOOD PMs

So, do you always need a project manager for your development project? The answer is yes, you really do.

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