Role of middle manager as ‘key man’

In today’s global market place, complexity and speed are certainties. Project management is fast becoming a booming profession that promises to get bigger in years ahead. If you haven’t considered it, maybe it’s time you should :

Demand for middle level managers have experienced variable range of scenarios as their day-to-day projects has grown in recent times. If one is a senior manager with stints in different industry roles, he can very well switch over from his present role to a full fledged career in project management.

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project. It comprises five process groups: initiating processes, planning processes, executive processes, monitoring and controlling processes and closing processes

It covers nine knowledge areas on management expertise. Project Management demands greater ability to get things within the predefined limits of project scope, the time allocated to deliver the project, budgeted costs and desired quality of the project.

Project Management is largely a people management job. It entails management, leadership, problem solving conflict management, customer relations, team management and change management.

Project Management as a Career:

For one, it’s hot. In the 21st century, demand for skilled project managers is at an all-time high as organizations continue to focus on higher productivity and greater customer satisfaction with minimum resource.

Project Management professionals (PMP) are expected to be in demand fuelled by the large number of projects flowing to India in various fields such as IT, health, engineering insurance and banking, BPO, bio medical, pharmaceutical and heavy engineering. In the government sector, demand for certified project managers promises to grow following the government’s notification requiring all engineering and officers who oversee large government projects to obtain project management certification. In the past six years, more than 10,000 project managers in India have acquired the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.

People Management

The key responsibility of the project manager is to ensure that his/her team delivers and exceeds the client expectations on an on-going basis.

Technical Expertise

Sound technical knowledge helps the project manager to command respect from his/her team.

Positive Attitude

Willingness to take additional responsibility by the project manager has a positive effect on the attitude and morale of the group.