Who develop your software: project manager. The difference between the project manager and program manager

Who is PM? Why Is It So Important to Have Somebody for Project Management?

In the previous issue, we’ve reviewed who is a program manager. And now we’ll examine the difference between a project manager and program manager.

The responsibility of PM

The primary duty of PM is to bringing ideas to realization in a prescribed period, basing on available resources and possibilities. Through this task, PM is responsible for the development planning, team organization, adjusting the working process and troubleshooting. Also, it is project manager's duty to create and maintain communications between his team and customer.

PM’s tasks

Ideally, we can divide tasks on tactical and strategical based on the frequency of their occurrence. So, tactical tasks are routine. They consist of customers communication, workflow maintenance, emerging issue solving and managing of the team. On the other hand, strategical tasks are overall project goal coordination, its path, and status.
Also, PM’s tasks can be represented as
  • Goals achievement, such as effective task completion or receiving user experience information;
  • Financial issues;
  • Motivation, career assistance, negotiation in inner conflicts.
But the most important responsibility of project managers is to make team work and deliver stable results to customers.
Responsibilities of PM are different from production workflow in the team.


5 stages of PM's work

1) Design
At this stage, a project manager has to organize a meeting with his team to announce tasks, received from customers. As a result, they should determine the development path.
2) Planning
A stage, when PM should consider every factor influencing the course of development, such as team qualifications, dependence on third-party services, and so forth.
3) Control
The routine stage when PM has to control workflow, manage and solve issues.
4) Solving problems
It's very important to solve emerging problems otherwise the team will stop work and crash project.
5) Communication
PM has to maintain a constant dialogue between customers and team at every stage of development.
A typical PM’s working day supposes
  1. managing current task;
  2. control the result of the team;
  3. arranging the stand-up with a team, implementing the Agile;
  4. communicating with the customer through the different channels, and meetings; documentation and reporting;
  5. maintaining execution; solving actual issues.

The Advantages of PM

The position of PM attracts applicants the possibility to face closely with management: to make decisions, organize fast and high-quality product creation, to provide the working atmosphere in the team, coordinate and control the actions of developers.

The main PM’s qualities

The qualities are a good knowledge of the subject area of business, leadership qualities, experience of working with people, presentation skills and persuasion, ability to negotiate and to consider the interests of different groups of people, ability politely and clearly express thoughts on many languages, as well as the ability to collect the whole picture from scattered facts. Also, to have experience in planning, assessment and risks management, knowledge of flexible and classic design processes and ability to perform administrative tasks and create a team. Benefit skill will be an experience in development or testing.


Now you know the intricacies of working in software development – the best specialists work on your business and each of them contributes to each project something different.