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Who is the Project Manager?
By The Office of Government Commerce – OGC, UK

The Project Manager is the individual responsible for delivering the project. The Project Manager leads and manages the project team, with the authority and responsibility to run the project on a day-to-day basis.

The figure below illustrates all the key roles that could be involved; depending on the scale and/or complexity of the project, some of these roles could be combined and reporting lines shortened. For smaller/straightforward projects, the roles of Project Sponsor/Director and Project Manager may be combined subject to the proviso that the person taking on the combined responsibilities possesses the requisite competencies, expertise, experience and has the available time and resources. Where roles are combined, it is essential that delegations and responsibilities are clearly understood and do not overlap with other roles. This role description assumes that the roles of Project Sponsor/Project Director and Project Manager are separate. Where the roles are combined with no separate interface, the Project Sponsor/Project Manager reports direct to the SRO1/PO2.

Project Organization - Project Management Reporting Structure

Project Organization – Project Management Reporting Structure

1SRO: Senior Responsible Owner
2PO: Project Owner

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