Building Project Team and How to Keep it
Project Teams without plans and have no idea on what the goals are and chaotic are bound to failure.
In defining projects, there must be strong organizational skills to be employed. Successful Project Teams have the ability to organize the structures, observe hierarchy and function well can lead a project into motion. The Project Team must be willing to communicate and address the issues to the right people. When everyone is free to be assertive and air their needs, they also have to be good listeners when the other people are speaking. Good communication is essential to the success of the project.
A Project Team is a group of professionals who are able to identify the issues, assess what possible solutions could be working it and arriving at decisions. If there mistakes being done, they do not blame one another because they know that is going to be just waste of time. Instead, they would look for possible resolutions to the problem.
But, how to build a Project Team that brings Success?
- A Project Team must clearly define the roles of each member, without having a clear definition of the roles, there will be confusions and lack of interest. The roles to be given to them must be matched with their personalities and capabilities as employees. By doing so, they would be able to function well and perform their duties. To lead a Project Team will also require a leader to establish his leadership skills and build it in trust and loyalty, rather than fear and rejection.
- Allowing individual differences to exist in a group makes it stronger. The diversity of individuals makes it possible to accomplish different tasks which need different capabilities as well. The different ages, cultures and genders matter a lot to a business because it allows the business to become more flexible.
- Promote innovations and thinking out of the box. Do not just be settled on the same old beliefs, these will drive the Project Team backwards, not forward. Teach the Project Team how to take risks and demonstrate the bravery to overcome the challenges.
- The Project Team must develop sense of responsibility even when the leader is not around or the big bosses are not walking around. The Project Team must be taught how to be dependable and take charge of something when needed.
Respect is the key to work through some disputes within the team. The Project Team must demonstrate work ethics to ensure that the project will be done on the specified time.
There must also be a spirit of appreciation to spread the good vibes and inspire other members to work harder. Gratefulness will make the Project Team members feels that they are significant members of the organization.
Each member must be treated as a valuable asset to the company. When someone gives an idea, be glad to accept it. Neglecting someone’s idea would make others feel that they are not allowed to speak anymore.
It is also a need to be sensitive to the feelings of the Project Team members. Be open and let them vent out when needed. People have different ways on how to deal with a particular situation. When there are disputes, find immediate ways to resolve them. The leader must act as the mediator in these cases. There is also a need to clarify directives to lead people to where they are heading to. Do not give false hopes, they would appreciate more if you are upfront. Trust and cooperation serve as the foundation in the relationships among the Project Team members. Take chances on how to improve what is needed to improve by establishing good communication. The Project Team must be encouraged to share information and gain access to it when needed. Allow each member to have their own contributions and let them work for it altogether.
Also remember that communication is the most important factor in team work. Remain open to suggestions and questions. Let the whole team work together when there is a problem to be resolved. Be able to communicate with them about their progress and the areas they need to improve. Address teamwork and standards at the same time. The goals have to be clear with them and times frames must be established in order for them to understand their responsibilities in the Project Team. There are rules to be followed and there should be a established methods on creating guidelines which to be transferred to them. This will serve as their guide toward achieving the goals of the company. Brainstorming ideas is also emphasizing to allow the Project Team members to learn and improve their problem solving skills. Allowing debates during meetings will pave way to creative thinking.