In the broadest sense, project managers (PMs) are responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the completion of a project whether that be a small business card order, or a full fledged 25 page website project. All while ensuring these projects are on time, on budget, and within scope.
By overseeing complex projects from inception to completion, project managers have the potential to shape a clients trajectory, helping to reduce costs, maximize company efficiencies, and increase revenue. all project managers share responsibilities across what is referred to as the “project life cycle,” which consists of five phases (or processes):
- Initiating: Generating the lead & helping that inquiry become a paying customer. Sometimes leads will be given to you, and majority of the time you will generate it yourself. Whether that be incoming leads, cold call lead, walking into the business or a referral of some sort.
- Planning: after the customer says yes to the service, you draw up the contract, your designer will give you the timeline of when everything will be done. You get the contract signed, and deposit made.
- Executing: then you along side the designer thats assigned to you, will make the project happen. when the designer tells you they have reached a milestone, you inform the client. When the design of the site is ready, you inform the client. All communication goes through you to the designer. This is a REALLY important part because you have to communicate effectively. That way the designer doesn’t have to step in & get the information his or herself.
- Closing: close the project & move onto the next
- Monitoring and Managing: For web design clients, or print clients, you will be monitoring the website & managing the communications with the client.