There is no great secret or magical potion to being a good Project Manager. 90% of the job is about doing the basics, but doing them exceptionally well.
What does this mean? You can ignore the long job spec that your HR group loves. Instead below is a list of the top ten things that a Project Manager does.
- Make sure that you have the right resources assigned and the resources know what they are supposed to be working on every single day
- Obtain status from every member of your team daily to make sure that they are on-track and no new issues popped up
- Produce status reports and review them with the client every week without fail
- Communicate with the client on a daily basis no matter what. Keeping the communication channel open with your client is one of the most important things that you can do
- Meet with your project team weekly to track status, resolve issues and talk big picture stuff
- Participate in client reviews to ensure that there are no schedule, scope, or cost impacts from client feedback
- Resolve issues as they come up
- Track your schedule and budget on a weekly basis, report discrepancies and make corrections as needed
- Manage your vendors and third party providers
- Report on KPIs to agency senior management every week
You can add hundreds of more tasks to this list but focusing on these ten mundane tasks day in and day out will get you 90% of the way there.