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Monday, April 5, 2010
How does a PM differ from a TM?
There are enough questions posted about the need of TM being a PM and PM also being a TM.
The confusion arises because of the misunderstanding of the roles and responsibilities of a PM. A PM is supposed to plan, manage and control the different aspects of a Project namely, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Risk, Human Resource and Communications (as per the PMBOK). So if we go by this standard also technology is not involved.
Taking it to the next level, a PM has to do all these project related responsibilities with the help of a "Team", and a Project Team according to me should be complementary to the PM and vice-versa. This team infact should have people expert and experienced in the technical aspects of the project (a Tech Lead, technical people like developers or testers or QA engineers etc).
As a combination these two (PM & Team) should work towards delivering the project successfully. You take any one out and the project is a disaster. Similarly you reverse the roles (a PM doing the Technical things; and the Team planning and managing the Project Scope, Risk, HR, Time, Cost Communication etc), and the project again will be a disaster.