Let’s piece it together, shall we?
My Father was a Project Manager for a well known electrical company in Portland, Oregon. As I remember back to asking him (on several occasions) what it was he did, he would always reply with “everything.” This is how I still envision project management, whether we are talking about electrical, construction or web. I understand it as a position to which, oversees and plans every aspect of a project and it’s scope. Of course a project manager would not be able to accomplish an end product without a team in order to manage. A project manager must possess valuable knowledge of all aspects concerning one job.
I like to mentally compare it to a puzzle. Each piece will eventually come into place creating a larger finished picture. A project manager has to identify each piece, it’s placement, it’s cost and the individual role that each piece will play when building the puzzle and organize them accordingly. A project manager position orchestrates when, how, and how much a specific project will meet deadlines and budget adequately to be successful. The importance of this position in building a website is not any different than an electrical project. All the pieces must be organized and utilized in the best, cost effective, and efficient way in order to achieve a successful end product.