Mudassir Iqbal

Project Team and Project Management Team

let’s start our discussion with the understanding of who is Project Manager.

They are organized, passionate and goal-oriented who understand what projects have in common, and their strategic role in how organizations succeed, learn and change. They work well under pressure and are comfortable with change and complexity in dynamic environments. They can shift readily between the “big picture” and the small-but-crucial details, knowing when to concentrate on each.

A project manager is responsible for leading the project to its completion within the specified constraints of Cost, time and Quality. They are responsible for delivering the project and its objective to the client/customer/stakeholders.

Project Team

A Project Team comprises of members belonging to different groups, functions, and assigned activities to the project. A project team is allocated into further teams as per the requirement of the project. Typically, project teams are used for a certain time period i.e temporary. They are parted after the project is estimated to be complete.

This refers to a collective team unfolding all the individuals involved in the project from planning to executing and closing. The project team accomplishes the roles and functions within the given time period of the project and is often dismantled once the project is achieved. During this time frame, the project team works toward the ultimate goal to deliver the project’s scope in the apportioned budget and on time. Every team member has particular responsibility depending on their role, function and assigned job.

  • The Project Team comprises of Project Management Team.
  • Other divisions in the project team may include design team and specialized teams. e.g Civil team, Electrical Team, Last Mile Team, SCM Team
  • For smaller projects, the entire team might be responsible for project management since there is no single defined project management team

Project Team comprises of project manager and project stakeholders: The former is accountable for leading the project team and ensure the team has every information to fulfil their responsibilities. While the latter include the customers, project staff, internal and external service providers.

  • Project stakeholders: include the customer or contractee, the project staff, partners, internal or external service providers

Project Management Team

In the Project Management Team, all team members are grouped and assigned tasks according to their role and responsibility. The Project Management Team is accountable for the project management and leadership activities such as starting, planning, implementing, monitoring, controlling and concluding of the project/project phases.

  • The Project Management Team is a sub-category of the project team including the project manager.
  • The team is not responsible for implementing the project.
  • It is also known as the leadership or executive team.
  • They are responsible for Planning, Organizing, leading, Monitoring, managing risks and most importantly communication

Effective cooperation among the project management team is crucial for project success. It’s important to carry out efficient communication that ensures each member of the team has all important information to fulfil their tasks. Ideally, viewpoints, solutions, and conflicts are also discussed and resolved within the team.


Key Difference:

A Project Team comprises of all human resources involved in the project and project manager is one of them. On the other hand, the Project Management Team includes the human resources responsible for effectively managing and controlling the project.

The structure and characteristics of a project team usually vary, but the project manager’s role as the leader of the team remains constant.

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