Good planning and well organizing skills are the main requirement for a project manager (Meredith & Mantel, 105). Project managers often work in chaos where they have need to ability to sort out sources of issues, understanding clients’ needs, “translate” customers’ demands into workable ideas for each department, obtain sources for projects, ensure projects will be on-time, etc. There are simply too many issues that a project manager needs to integrate, so he or she needs to have good planning & well organizing skills to ensure everything is on track.
2. (3) Discuss the PM’s responsibilities toward the project team members.
PM’s responsibilities toward the team members are to help them to transit back to their normal functional work or transfer them to new projects (Meredith & Mantel, 105). Every project has its end (deadline), so the end of the project also means the end of their job in this company for workers who may be hired particular for this project. Therefore, those workers may end up slacking their duties for their job security. Since one of project manager’s responsibilities is to let projects be on-time, this situation is something that project managers need to consider as projects are close to their ends. Another reason for PM’s helping on the transition is that there may be some workers become valuable to firms and may be useful in other departments; dismiss them is a type of loss to firms.
3. (4) What are the major differences between functional managers and project managers?
The major difference is that functional managers usually serve as direct and technical supervisors, who know the detail knowledge of particular fields, such as purchasing or marketing. On the other hand, project managers are facilitators and generalists who specialized in managing process, rather than specific fields of studies. The project