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What is a typical day in project management?

Reflect on the skills that project managers should have to be able to deal with the variety of project constraints.

In the previous activity, we saw that finding an adequate definition for a project can be problematic. If we now consider a person involved in managing projects, this can introduce a further level of potential ambiguity.

Some roles have the title ‘project manager’ and as such are easy to identify. Other examples may not be so obvious. For instance, organising the Glastonbury festival in the UK is a project, and even though the festival organisers may not give themselves the title of the project manager, many people would recognise it as highly appropriate for what they must do to deliver that event.

At this stage, we will define a project manager as an individual who has responsibility for an activity that fits one of the definitions of the project mentioned earlier.

Your task

Listen to practitioners talking about their experience of managing and delivering projects.
Discuss the different activities that project managers need to undertake to successfully manage and deliver projects.
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