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Ignition Guide to Updating the Project Manager Role and Career Path

Published: 01 February 2019

ID: G00704177

Analyst(s): PMO Research Team


In light of core features of digital business transformation, such as product lines and agile methodologies, PMO leaders must redesign the project manager role. Use this guide to update the PM role, job description and career path to adapt or align to the evolving context of solutions delivery.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 6: Prepare for Updating the PM Role and Career Path

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 6: Build Stakeholder Consensus on the Initiative’s Objectives


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 6: Update the PM Role and Job Description


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 6: Update the PM Career Path


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 6: Communicate the Updated PM Role and Career Path


How to Set Up for Success

Step 6 of 6: Monitor the Adoption and Continued Relevance of the Updated Role and Career Path

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

Recommended by the Authors

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