In the First Part of the present multi-part series we have already generalized all the PM roles and depicted the Project Manager role. In the Second Part we used to review the Project Team Member role. The role of the Project Sponsor was described In the Third Part. Also we studied in details the Project Customer role. We are going to circumscribe the role of the resource or functional manager within the confines of the process of project management.
The Role of the Resource or Functional Manager
The role of the resource or functional manager is concentrated in the activity of supervising of the project resources (in the first place they are people) – the resources which are necessary to perform the work within the limits of the project. The employees who are involved in the project inform the resource manager about their participation and they can be further appointed to the software project on full-time or more frequently part-time conditions. It is usually a difficult task for the Project Manager to obtain the collaboration and liability of those employees who ignore to inform the Project Manager about the necessary facts. It is possible to make simpler such a difficult task if to use a participative approach in the project management.
The resource or functional manager role embraces the following duties:
A software project passes swimmingly if every member is in his or her place and plays their role. Notwithstanding, Project Manager with the assistance of the project sponsor has a job to provide the execution of these roles. Roles within the confines of the project change according to the stage of the project. Now it’s time to explore the four stages, or basic units, of the process of project management.