Project Roles & Their Responsibilities


You’ve got a project to do. But who is going to execute that plan and turn the abstract into the practical? The answer is your project team, the most valuable resource for your project. No matter the size of the project, there are schedules and resources to manage, which is a full-time job. Then there are the people who take the various tasks and see them to completion: they need managing too.

Project management requires a variety of roles, and each has their own responsibilities so that everything can progress as smoothly as possible. Therefore, before you begin that project, take a moment to read about the different project roles and their responsibilities. As an added bonus, we’ll detail the tools that can help each of those roles be more productive.

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Project Sponsor

While there might be a more superior position, like executive sponsor, for most projects there is a project sponsor sitting on top of the project roles pyramid. This is the person who is deeply invested in the project and its success.

The project sponsor is in direct communication with the stakeholders that is the reason the project has been initiated. They tend to monitor the budget and hold the purse strings of the project. They also have the final say on making any project decisions, which includes resources.

The project manager reports to the project sponsor and helps with the project charter, which is a statement of scope, objectives and people involved in the project.

Project Manager

The project manager is the one who is responsible for the project. They plan it, develop a schedule, assemble a project team and manage their workload throughout the project’s life cycle. Project managers are also responsible for managing risk and the budget.

The project manager is the one who drives the project forward, but they’re not working independently. They are also responsible for reporting on progress to the project sponsor and any stakeholders who also have a vested interest in the project.

The project manager is the point person for vendors and independent contractors, creating contracts for them and managing their services. You can think of the project manager as a bridge that connects the executives or client to the project team working on the project deliverables.

Project Coordinator

Often there is a go-between that helps facilitate the project manager’s job in terms of project operations. They will work with the project team and are especially helpful when there are remote teams working in different time zones on the same project. The project coordinator helps to keep the operations running smoothly for the project manager and the project team.

Project Management Office (PMO)

Sometimes an organization will have a segment devoted to developing a set of standards and policies to govern their project management and to make sure those standards and policies are being followed. This tends to occur only in larger organizations, which might not always apply.

However, if it does exist the project management office will decide on the processes used in a project and how to follow them. The PMO also will archive the project for historical data, collecting and analyzing its results. Project managers are supported by the PMO.

Project Team Members

These are the people who execute the tasks assigned to them by the project manager. There can be a team lead, who manages the team, who the team reports to and who in turn reports on their progress to the project manager. But in general, all team members are on equal footing.

The project team members have skills relevant to the project and can work with varying degrees of autonomy depending on the methodology used in managing the project. They are responsible for executing their tasks and for updating their statuses to the project manager in order to track the overall progress of the project.

How Helps Everyone on Your Team

The project team needs project tools to help them work more effectively and track progress. is award-winning project management software that is packed with features that help everyone working on the project.

Live Updates

Let’s start with the project sponsor. They’re interested in how the project is progressing against where it should be in the project plan. When team members update their statuses on that data is instantly reflected throughout the software. Project sponsors aren’t interested in the nitty-gritty, so a real-time dashboard gives them a bird’s-eye view of the project’s progress as it’s happening.

ProjectManager’s dashboard view, which shows six key metrics on a project

Gantt Charts for Planning & Scheduling

When it comes to planning and scheduling the project, project managers will find the online Gantt chart tool especially helpful. Task lists on spreadsheets are easy to upload and can open up in as a new project. Then just add the task duration and it populates a timeline. From here, the project manager can make milestones, assign team members tasks and even attach relevant documents and images for direction. has unlimited file storage.

Resource Management Calendars

Of course, project managers need more that just tools to monitor the project. They need to get in there and reallocate resources to keep things moving smoothly. has tools to manage tasks and resources to see if team members have enough work. Reallocate their workload from the workload page. has tools for every project role. Cloud-based software means is reflecting the actual project as it is happening, so better decisions can be made. No matter what your project role is there are features that can help you do your job better. See for yourself by taking this free 30-day trial today.

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