Project Management Career Overview  


A project manager is the person accountable for accomplishing the stated project objectives on behalf of a client they represent. The project manager must have the ability to adapt to the various internal procedures of the contracting party, and to form close links with the project team. Key project management responsibilities include creating clear and attainable project objectives, building the project requirements, and managing the triple constraint for projects, which is cost, time, and scope.  Project managers focus on ensuring that the key issues of cost, time, quality and above all, client satisfaction, can be realized. Today, project managers are widely recognized across a spectrum of industries such as pharmaceuticals, building construction, vehicles, electronics, computer software, and financial services, to name a few.


Although the project manager seldom participates directly in the activities that produce the end result, they strive to maintain the progress and productive mutual interaction of various parties in such a way that overall risk of project failure is reduced. The successful project manager focuses on this as his/her main concern and attempts to reduce risk significantly, often by adhering to a policy of open communication, ensuring that project participants can voice their opinions and concerns.   A major component of making sure a project does not fail depends on recruiting and building an effective team made up of three components; the Project Manager, Core Team and Contracted Team. The manager must consider not only the technical skills of each person, but also the critical roles and chemistry between workers.


A qualified project manager has unique knowledge, techniques and tools available to them to assist in moving along a successful project such as work breakdown structures, critical path analysis, and earned value management. Effective Project Management requires that the project manager understands and uses the knowledge and skills from at least four areas of expertise such as from PMBOK, Application Area Knowledge: standards and regulations set forth by ISO for project management, General Management Skills and Project Environment Management.



Project Management Certificate through CIBRE:



Project Management is a growing field because the components are so broadly applicable across a wide range of professions.  Companies are interested in finding successful, high level employees that are highly trained in managing complex global projects that exist in todayís work environment.  OUís Project Management Certificate and PMI Exam Review can help you establish the educational foundation necessary to gain the credentials recognized throughout the globe.


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Center for Integrated Business Research and Education

Professional and Community Education 

School of Business Administration

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Rochester, MI  48309

Phone:  248-370-3128 or 248-370-3177