Understand Project Roles

Whether you help with planning, own specific project tasks, or are responsible for major project outputs, you have a role in its success. 

  • Understand the range of project roles in addition to the Project Manager
  • Understand the lifecycle of a project, and how each role participates in that lifecycle
  • Gain insight into the difference between technical project skills and valuable ‘people skills’

Project Definition

Help to ensure that the goals, scope, and resources of the project are clearly understood.

  • Understand the desired end result, budget, and completion date in a simple, clear project statement
  • Contribute to the list of criteria that will be used to guide the project and measure its success
  • Clarify tasks to be included in the project and recommend how to organize it efficiently
  • Identify the knowledge, skills, physical, and monetary resources needed for specific tasks
  • Help assess costs and benefits within project tasks

Project Planning

Help to create the project schedule and make important contributions to risk assessment.

  • Clarify your work assignments and responsibilities
  • Assess task sequence to ensure work can be done in a logical order
  • Understand the impact of resource availability on the project (yours and others)
  • Contribute to risk assessments and help establish plans to deal with known risks

Project Communication

Understand expectations for involvement and communications.

  • Utilize questioning and listening strategies to get the best ideas and complete information
  • Examine what is required to provide needed outputs and proactively work for optimal results
  • Give and receive feedback about project work in a fair, balanced way

Project Implementation

You’ve planned the work, now work the plan.

  • Help get the project going quickly, and stay on track
  • Assess progress against the plan

Work with others to determine appropriate actions if issues come up

  • Analyze project results and contribute to recording lessons learned

Additional topics

Covered if time and learner interest are available.

  • Techniques for creating useful time and cost estimates
  • Scheduling techniques to minimize project length and maximize outputs

 Download Project Management for Non-Project Managers Outline

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