The following skills are recommended to fulfill the Project Manager role:
experience in the software development lifecycle, the domain of the application and platform
scope estimation, planning, time management, scheduling, project costing, and budget management
resource planning, resource management, and procurement
risk analysis, dependencies, and decision analysis skills
presentation, communication, and negotiation skills
experience in Project Management
leadership and team building capabilities
conflict resolution, problem solving skills, and the ability to make sound decisions under stress
deliverables based management, a focus on the delivery of customer value, in the form of executing software that
meets (or exceeds) the customer's needs.
For smaller projects, a single person can act as project manager and also take on a development role, such as software
architect. However, if at all possible, it is generally better for the project manager to avoid taking on development
responsibilities, in order to ensure that time pressure on management responsibilities doesn't cause development tasks
to suffer, and vice versa.
The project manager role can usually be combined successfully with other management-type roles, such as Change Control
Manager, Deployment Manager, and Process Engineer.
The project manager may require support for tasks such as gathering project status information, generating metrics, and
preparing reports. When staffing the project, consider including support staff to help with these tasks.