Project Manager

The Project Manager oversees the management and delivery of projects to which she/he is assigned. She/he is responsible for the definition and execution of the project plans including project initiation, planning, execution, controlling and closing out of the project. Through the team project partner liaison the PL manages project dependencies and project team and stakeholder relationships as it relates to the project and ensures timely and effective communication with the team leader and the entire team, within the project team and with the project stakeholders. Overall, the Project Manager is responsible for managing the project resources (time, people, material, and financial).

Knowledge and Skills:

A person who fulfills the duties of Project Manager will:

  • Be able to lead an effective meeting
  • Have a good understanding of EPICS practices, policies, and operation
  • Have a basic understanding of the current and future technical architecture of the project
  • Provide operational leadership to a project team
  • Write clear and detailed reports
  • Give clear and effective presentations to technical and non-technical audiences


A person who takes on the role of Project Manager is responsible for:

  • Developing agendas and methods for project meetings that create an open and effective atmosphere for the sharing of team members’ expertise and knowledge, creative problem solving, and project team member accountability
  • Managing risk management assessments and strategies, monitoring safety and performing Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (DFMEA)
  • Maintaining, tracking, and updating the project plan
  • Managing detailed, accurate, and up-to-date design documentation
  • Generation of the Semester Plan
  • Ensuring the project is successfully completed on time, within budget, and with quality
  • Ensuring the integrity of the project, including making the appropriate recommendation for delivery when the project is ready
  • Managing the work and responsibilities of the team members on the project team

Performance Criteria:

There are 4 basic performance criteria for the Project Leader:

  • Meeting the commitment for the project
  • Effective use of project team members and resources
  • Complete and appropriate design documentation for the project
  • Project Partner satisfaction

Project Manager Resources

Detailed Description of the Project Manager Role

Milestone Schedule

Guide to Gantt Charts

Guide to Weekly PIGS

Project Evaluation Rubric