One of the most surprizing (to us at least) and frequently asked questions is, "What does a project manager do?"
To best answer that here are some examples of what a project might be:
What a project is NOT is:
A project manager would then be the person who orchestrates the activities of the project. They are the director of the show, so to speak. They ensure resources are in place to accomplish the project objective, they plan how the project will go from its timing of key milestones to its costs to delivery to the customer. They track its progress and take corrective action as needed to get it back on track. They communicate status to those involved including the project's sponsor (in show biz terms the project sponsor would be the producer). They also tend to be the fall guy when things go awry. Which is why we project managers have developed thick skins!
Below are the four main components common to any project: