4 Roles of a Project Manager in Program Management
LAST UPDATED ON: 26TH AUGUST, 2019
The roles of a Project Manager within a Program are different from the roles he plays when he is the only one managing a project in any organization. Some Programs are a group of projects that are managed together in order to achieve the objectives of a project. In this article, we want to look at the roles of a Project Manager in Program Management.
The Project Manager as a person proactively interacts with other Project Managers in order to achieve project objectives. Other independent projects or projects that are part of the same program may affect the effectiveness of the Project Manager. Here are the major roles of a Project Manager in Program Management.
#1 RESOURCE DEMAND
The Project Manager that finds himself in the midst of a Program needs to fight for resources. There are likely to be resources that are needed by other Project Managers. The Project Manager needs to fight for resource availability and ensure that his own need for resources are also considered when the organization needs to decide on resource allocation.
#2 PRIORITY OF FUNDING
If there are any resources that most organizations will not always have enough, it is fund to execute the project. This is due to the fact that there are other requirements that will be demanding for funds. The Project Manager needs to ensure that he presents his case well so that the Sponsor or whoever is responsible for fund allocation makes this cost resources available for his project.
#3 DISTRIBUTION OF DELIVERABLES
Another major role of a Project Manager in a Program Management environment has to do with receipt and distribution of deliverables. The Project Manager has to coordinate distribution of deliverables within the Program. He has to make sure that he gets what belong to him. He also has to ensure that stakeholders receive deliverables based on project acceptance criteria.
#4 PROJECT ALIGNMENT
One of the roles of the Project Manager in Program Management has to do with the alignment of project goals with the organizational goals. He has to know the reasons why the organization is embarking on that project and work towards the achievement of those project goals.
It should be noted that interaction with other project managers will help in achieving individual project goals and needs. The need mentioned here may include human, technical or financial resources that are required to achieve project objectives. The Project Manager must seek ways to develop relationships that will assist his team in achieving the goals and objectives of the project.
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