The principal role of a technical project manager is to develop and maintain a technology project plan, which outlines a project's tasks, milestone dates, status, and allocation of resources to stakeholders and other interested parties. The technical project manager is responsible for clearly defining and quantifying each step, as well as establishing concrete deadlines for each project milestone and deliverable. To this end, they have must have a demonstrated ability to anticipate problems and to find resolutions before that problem can derail a major milestone or deliverable. Since the typical project has a long life cycle, the technical project manager handles all of the complex aspects of the project; these aspects may be subject to constant change to accommodate market and economic conditions that directly affect implementation costs, market viability, and the organization’s potential profit or loss on the project.
The technical project manager should have at least a bachelor's degree in management information systems (MIS), computer science, or a related engineering field. In addition, they will have one or more certifications from PMI (the Project Management Institute) that demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of project management, knowledge of the terminology, and processes of effective project management. The technical project manager should have superior communications skills, since they mediate disputes, as well as resolve scheduling and asset utilization conflicts.
Technical Project Manager Tasks
- Adhere to budgets and keep projects on track for successful completion within specification.
- Create technical documentation as needed and report on progress of project.
- Plan and coordinate project schedules, goals and milestones and make project assignments.