A day in the life of a project manager

The work of a software development project manager is interesting and versatile; it provides an opportunity for constant growth and self-actualisation. This is what my ordinary day looks like.

8:00

Get up. Prepare myself for work. Warm up my car.

8:45–8:50
Turn on the computer, make myself a coffee. Check if anybody has written on Skype during the night, answer them.

9:30
Receive emails, clear my inbox from spam. Answer important emails.

10:00
Analyse mailout and find interesting projects. Browser is bursting at the seams but still opening new tabs. Constantly being distracted to discuss current issues, planning further work with clients, specifying payment terms, etc.

11:00
New contacts are added to my Skype account and the old ones attack me with messages. Everybody is up!

12:00
They seem to have calmed down: everything asked for has been sent; all the questions have been answered.

12:30
Finished the analysis. A client from last year calls – they have matured and asked to send somebody to them in Ussuriysk. They still don’t know exactly what they need.

13:00
Respond to interesting projects and offers. Continue Skype negotiations and send our requested materials.

14:00
Communicate with current project developers, plan their work and activities.

15:00
Lunch break.

15:30
Serious potential clients usually come online at this time of day. I make myself available for them. Study the received material, discuss some unclear moments, and correct them.

17:00
Prepare assessment tasks, analyse completed calculations, prepare offers.

18:00–18:30
End of the day. I warm up my car and go home. On my way back I still consider who of today’s partners I would like to continue working with and with whom I’d prefer to finish collaboration as soon as possible.

21:00–21:30
Watch a film.

24:00
Lights out.

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Author

Eugene Somov
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