Project Manager vs Technical Manager

Project Manager vs Technical Manager

It is true that the ICT is a very young science, and perhaps for this reason sometimes some concepts are not clearly defined. In the workplace, there is a serious technological confusion between the role of “project manager” (Project Manager) and the “Technical Director” (Technical Manager). We must clarify that the Project Manager is the person designated by the organization to achieve the objectives of the project you want to perform. This will be the person responsible for developing the Project Management Plan, meeting the objectives of time, cost and functionality. You must identify and respond to risks that arise during the execution, and will be responsible for communication with all project stakeholders. Meanwhile Technical Director will be the person heading the project team responsible for the execution of it, counting them with specific knowledge about technical subjects that will develop the project, being responsible to use the tools in the more appropriate mode to optimize resource utilization and provide more suitable technical solutions for the project that is being developed. The problem arises when in the current market, highly competitive and ambitious, one wants to unify both requirements in one person, either because the project is small and requires hiring downsizing, or because they are aware of the needs of both. In some cases this may work, but most of the times it will be impossible, because they are opposing goals. For the role of Project Manager is required in addition to the expertise of project management, flexibility, good judgment, strong leadership and negotiation skills. And these qualities not always found in a Technical Director who has high knowledge in technology on which we develop our project. Sometimes we want to condense in one person the Engineer, the Construction Manager and the people running the work.

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