A successful project manager has to have the engineers mind, designers eyes, leaders heart, and a diplomats speech. The role of a project manager is greater than a manager. He is the one making the decision, allocating resources, and taking responsibility to meet the deadline. He is the chain between the client and the team, and the chain between demand and the supply. Here are some of the responsibilities of a project manager:
1) Create a Strategy
A team will deliver as per suggested and the suggestions will be provided by the project manager. The project manager has to create a full-proof app development plan of the project and come up with a full-proof plan for team members to follow. A well thought and thoughtful roadmap can work wonders for a successful process.
2) Discuss and Prioritize Idea
Project managers will have a huge inflow of ideas from all the team members. It is important to give liberty to present the ideas freely. However, not all the ideas are worth implementing. A project manager has to study every idea, check the practical implementation of these ideas and pick the most unique and useful ones among all. You choose some and you have to reject the others.
3) Feature Inspection
One of the most essential responsibilities a project manager has to carry is feature inspection. Not all the features decided for an app are necessary. A project manager has to scrutinize the important ones from the unnecessary ones to deploy a perfect product.
4) Final Launch
The project manager is bound to make the final launch of the mobile app before the deadline. Not just that, the app must work flawlessly. An app facing early launch issues is all Project managers fault. He has to make sure the methodology used, resources invested, and app developed is bug-free and don’t need maintenance post-launch.
To carry out all these responsibilities, the project manager has to have some of the skills. Here is a list of skill-set a project manager should have inbuilt or have to cultivate if not already there.
Of course, he is leading all the people under him. He needs to know how to lead all of them, show them the right direction and make sure they all work as a team with each other. A good team without a good leader cannot create a good app.
Anyone can put off the fire once lit. However, a good project manager is the one who anticipates the problems that might arise and figure out the ways to avoid it. They must make the team ready for the consequence with proper training and effective measures.
3) Team Spirit
Achieving great things solo is kind of easy. You are the only one doing things but with a team it is different. Having a good team spirit and evoking it among all the teammates is very important.
It is easy for the project managers to get intertwined with the routine and monotonous tasks and lose the visionary insight. A project manager has to have a vision and take intuitive steps to march towards that vision.
Things done with conviction are always done better. A team leader has to inspire the entire team to get the job done and pour all the creativity and give their best to make the customer happy and satisfied.
Project managers are at that post because they have some extra qualities than the others. This is the experience of having handled complex projects, gained expertise, and overcome several mobile app development challenges.