The functional manager’s role in projects is to supply resources and provide supervision to the project managers and project team members. Based on their skill level and experience this will range from extensive supervision to little or none. Functional managers will also act as project sponsors. So they need to be able to distinguish this specific role from their normal duties.
From an organizational project management view the functional manager plays an important role in the project processes of a company. Cadence effectively supports functional managers by Executive Briefings, Managing Project Managers and Team Members, Sponsor or Portfolio Management training courses, coaching and consulting.