In app development, the project manager holds a key role in the development team. This role involves a mix of business and tech skills, the ability to manage people and to prioritize tasks. The project manager makes sure that the product is delivered on time and that the product owner and the client are constantly kept informed of the progress and the achievement of the milestones.
A good project manager is a leader, a mentor, and the go-to person for reporting issues which appear during the development work. For a complete understanding of this key role in an app development team, here are the main responsibilities and attributions of a project manager:
1. The Project Manager Defines the Scope and Features of the Project
The development team receives the full description of the project they will be working on from the project manager. After discussing with the product owner and the client, the project manager has all the details and is capable to turn them into specific work instructions for each member of the development team. The developers will use the specifications presented by the project manager as the only approved document for planning their work and developing the product.
2. The Project Manager Monitors and Reports on Progress
The project manager keeps track of the work performed by each developer and maintains the overall project timeline chart. This chart includes milestones (such as the first demo version to be presented to the client) and the project manager must make sure they are achieved.
The person in this role is also required to transmit progress reports to the client according to the schedule they agreed upon- daily or weekly. These reports will contain all the significant events the client should know of, such as issues requiring the client’s feedback.
3. The Project Manager Is a Mentor for the Team
The project manager must be a skilled professional who can offer suggestion and advice to the developers. This is the first person developers should approach whenever they stumble upon a problem and the one authorized to suggest solutions and changes to overcome the problem.
In some cases, the project manager has to consult with the client or the product owner to obtain approval for changes which would affect the budget, deadline for completion, or scope of the project.
4. The Project Manager Prepares the Budget and Time Estimate
The discussions between the development company and the client are finalized with a proposal consisting in a budget and a deadline for completing the project. The project manager is the person who will calculate and justify these estimates.
This is why a good project manager must have both solid technical and business/ financial skills and they should always be able to make correct estimates, which will be put into legally binding contracts.
5. The Project Owner Makes Provisions for Risks
Each project involves risks - both known and unknown. A skilled project manager makes provisions for both types and creates a flexible development plan, which can be easily adapted when an unforeseen risk occurs. The project manager is directly responsible for mitigating and dealing with risks and completing the project successfully.
Therefore, looking at all the above, the project manager role is a position of trust, and it takes a dedicated individual, with communication, technical, and business skills to fulfill successfully. While the project manager is one of the behind the scene actors in app development, the success of any app development project can be directly attributed to their skills and abilities.