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Summer 2006 Vol. 50, Number 2

Project managers stay
in charge and out front

Planning, delegating, and leading are core responsibilities for project managers. Learn how they manage a project's risks and rewards.

When a new telescope is launched into space or a new software package is launched in the stores, its success depends on more than the engineers who made the product. Any complex endeavor requires managers who can coordinate the work of engineers, designers, and others. These managers take charge of the project, keeping resources and schedules on track. 

Project managers fulfill this role. To the client and upper management, project managers are the face of a project. They solicit input and provide updates from concept through completion. And to the team performing the work, project managers remain a visible presence for its duration. They motivate and direct team members to achieve the goal of project completion—preferably on time and under budget. 

Learning more about project managers, including their work, their earnings, and their skills and training requirements, can be helpful for anyone preparing to work in a team-based workplace. And for some, it could be the start of a unique career. 

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Last Updated: September 21, 2006