In order for projects to successfully be completed, someone must manage the process of meeting organization requirements in a timely, cost-effective manner.
The Project Management Institute defines project management as the application of tools, techniques, knowledge and skills to the activities within a project in order to fulfill requirements.
The Project Management Institute divides project management into five steps: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. The knowledge that project managers must apply during the process falls into the following categories: integration, scope, time, cost, quality, procurement, human resources, communications, risk management and stakeholder management.
The engineering project manager has a very challenging role at staying focused on the goal of a unique project, the resources required to complete it, and the schedule of execution.
The management side of engineering project management requires considerable time overseeing the activities of employees and team members across organizations. For example, a project that involves creating new software requires a project manager to work with multiple staff members across the finance, marketing, software development, and customer-support departments.
And, organizational skills must also be razor sharp. Project managers are responsible for overseeing and managing a variety of activities within a project, including production, operations, quality assurance and testing. Organization and attention to detail are critical competencies to the success of an engineering project manager.
Engineering project managers are responsible for setting schedules, preparing budgets, hiring staff, supervising the work of team members, and adhering to administrative procedures in order to keep a project on deadline and within budget.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Engineering Project Management Training, a 3-day course that helps participants manage their project and enhance their project results. You will also learn to manage several tasks at the same time.
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