Duties of the Project Manager

December 14, 2011

What is the modern role of a project manager? The article “Product Management and Solution Design” explores their ever-changing responsibilities and the function of the position.  The focus is simply what the project manager should and should not be doing.

According to the article:

The basic role of a project manager is to “generate value for their companies by finding market problems that potential customers will pay to solve, and then leading the process of finding a feasible and compelling solution.”

However, it is not their job to design the solution. The articles goes on to say that “[i]t is far different to find-and then define- a market problem than it is to figure out the best way to solve it.”

Though the article points out some very useful ideas, it neglects to take into account the rapidly increasing need for an engineering and business centric findability system. Such a system would again evolve the role of the project manager. Inforbix has the solution today.  They provide what you need for product data, without the data management.  It is something every project manager should check out.

Jennifer Wensink,  December 13, 2011



2 Responses to “Duties of the Project Manager”

  1. John Peltier on December 14th, 2011 10:49 am

    Hello, and thanks for the link!

    Allow me to clarify — you seem to be confusing the project manager with the product manager. Those are very, very different roles. Project management is about executing to plan; product management is ensuring the product that’s built is the right one.

    Additional reading on this distinction:


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