The Project Manager

by David J. Williams, (F.ASCE),

Part of: Preparing for Project Management: A Guide for the New Architectural Engineering Project Manager in Private Practice


No matter how the PMs are selected, they must report to management and act in management's best interests. In addition, they must report to the client and work in the client's best interests also. With the demands of the two masters, the PM must herd a number of people into an organized group to provide a product. This product, for the purposes of this guide, is plans and specifications for a certain facility. First, the PM is given the task to manage a job. Do not forget this assignment. You are not to let others manage or intimidate you. The buck stops with you and your management must take on the job description of a mother, father, coach, cheerleader, teacher, chaplain, warden, waiter, and a few other professions, but finally as a leader. All of these must be done with class, juggling many balls while acting pleasantly and with complete calmness. Your client will be in the wings watching all of your activities. In any event, you must realize that you are in charge.

Subject Headings: Project management | Managers | Client relationships


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