Research and Development
We all hear these words, but what do they mean?
Software and hardware development go through a variety of steps in order to become the finished product. The project manager may also be the head hunter who tracks down and retains the best available talent for creative and visionary individuals. While this may sound great to most, the fact is that egos abound in the most creative circles; opinions and decisions need to be brought back to the table, and agreements must be reached in order to get the project off the paper and onto the assembly line.
The project manager not only needs to know how the assembly line operates but also ensure the quality of the final product. Upgrades and updates are released for software and hardware on a regular basis, and a project manager is not far behind, ensuring fast delivery and consulting with the experts on the best courses of action and the least costly delivery systems.
From the newest laundry detergent to the environmentally conscientious packaging that will reduce waste and increase corporate profits, there is a project manager not too far in the background--because research and development efforts need a central figure who is well versed in advertising, consumer wants and needs, and the process to get the product made and to the market.
There are many ways of getting experience and knowledge in managing projects. Some of the best solutions can be found online or through software programs.