Project Manager Duties
and Skills

Project manager duties include the successful planning, execution and closing of a project. A project manager is responsible for applying the appropriate knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to efficiently manage the different project processes.

Although the specific tasks and responsibilities of the project manager will vary according to the company and industry this standard  description of the functions of project management can be generally applied to the position.

Project Manager Duties - Planning

  • identify project stakeholders
  • determine stakeholders needs and expectations
  • prioritize demands
  • establish clear set of project goals
  • sequence activities to meet delivery dates
  • produce detailed project schedule
  • determine type, quantity and quality of resources required
  • allocate resources and establish resource schedule
  • determine budget and create financial plan
  • define quality expectations and targets
  • identify techniques for quality control and develop quality plan
  • map risks, identify contingency actions and develop risk plan
  • clarify completion criteria for each deliverable and develop acceptance plan
  • develop communication strategy with stakeholders and establish communication plan
  • identify external supplies required and develop procurement plan
  • assemble project team

Project Manager Skills for Planning Phase

  • long term vision
  • goal setting
  • attention to detail
  • scope, time, quality, resource, risk and cost management skills
  • interactive communication skills
  • expectation management
  • persuasive techniques

 Project Execution

  • implement project plans to build deliverables
  • monitor and control project deliverables
  • manage timelines
  • manage costs
  • identify and manage risks
  • assure and control quality
  • suggest and implement modifications to project scope, deliverables, timelines and resources
  • track and monitor procurement
  • prepare and present project status reports to stakeholders
  • support and direct project team

Project Manager Skills for Execution Phase

  • organizational effectiveness
  • team building
  • performance management
  • motivation skills
  • conflict resolution
  • diversity appreciation
  • staff development
  • problem solving


  • adaptability
  • change management
  • consultative skills
  • sense of urgency
  • judgment
  • decision making
  • customer relations management
  • negotiation skills

Project Closure

  • ensure project completion criteria have been met
  • obtain stakeholder approval for final deliverables
  • present final project report
  • handover project documentation
  • release project resources
  • conduct project review
  • evaluate performance against defined project goals

Project Manager Skills for Closure Phase

  • presentation skills
  • data management
  • evaluation skills

Use the list of project manager duties to determine the accountabilities associated with your specific project management job. For a sample project manager job description go here.

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