The successful project team
The successful project team
The dream of any project manager is for the project to be completed on schedule and at the same time, coming through with something intimately close to the original master plan that was laid down at the beginning of the project. To this end, a successful project team would be the one that meets the deadline for the completion of the project without any form of compromise as to the quality of the project. The maintenance of the initial master plan standard is key to the success of any project. The project is no doubt divided among all the various members of the project team. The success of the project therefore would depend on all the different constituents of the team adhering to laid down instructions as to how the project is to be completed. Any member of the team might serve as an impediment to the whole project if the fellow does not adhere to these laid down rules. It is therefore important to work as a team.
What The Organisation Stands To Gain
The aim of any organisation is to be successful and productive. The success of any project embarked upon by any organisation is not only key to the profit-making aim of the organisation but also to the advancement of the career of its employees. Everyone is happy when the job is done. The owners of the organisation are happy to add another trophy to their silverwares while the employees are also proud to be associated with the success of the efforts. The customers, to whom the product is targeted are also happy to have a product that satisfies their need.
COSTS INCURRED DURING THE PROCESS
Hard work is always the price to pay for success. The success of any project requires sacrifices to be made on the part of all the team mates, the project manager himself and the employees. The employees provide the conducive environment for the work to be done. This they do by providing the infrastructures, incentive and even capital. The team manager serves as the bridge between the employees and the workers. He liaises between the employers and the team workers to make sure that the work runs smoothly. He bears the responsibility of either the success or the failure of the project. Team members look up to the project manager for guidance and inspiration; the employees are also counting on him to deliver the project in good time. The team mates also have a prominent role to play in the overall outcome of the project. They provide the intellectual input and energy towards ensuring the success of the project. The buck stops at their table to make sure that the job is done. The outcome of the project depends on the mount of hard work and dedication they decide to put in for the work. Everyone pays the price one way or the other. The cost is shared by everyone.
Encouraging The Workers
The attitude of the management staff goes a long way in determining the kind of effort and energy that the project team puts into the work. A conducive working environment is required to bring the best out of the team. The project team should be given a free hand to operate, without interference from any outside source. Also, the best motivation that employees seek is reward for their hard work. The management staff can do well to reward the successful project team with incentives that would spun them to greater heights. Also, there should be an effective channel of information between the management and the work group. The management should be able to identify with the workers. This would go a long way in establishing mutual trust between the workers and the management.
Banalcing The Knife Edge
The team leader is sometimes in a dilemma on how to manage pressure from both the management and the project team.. These two different groups have a different orientation to the project. This sometimes could be a source of conflict of interest between the management staff and the project team. It is the duty of the project manager to act as a liaison between the management and the staff. It is important that the project manager create the right attitude towards the external stakeholders ab initio. Most times, project managers see these management staff as a necessary evil that must be dealt with. It is also important to develop an understanding with all the members of the project team. The team manager needs the necessary foresight to anticipate stakeholder reaction at each and every point in the project. The effect of proper planning and risk management comes in at this point. The success or failure of the project depends on their attitude, it is important for the project manger to provide the required leadership to the group. Since the group tasks often are modular, it is important for the project manager to create an interpersonal relationship with each and every member of the group so that their various outputs would mesh together into one big picture.
The Big Lesson
A project team is often a heterogeneous group of individuals that have come together in order to complete a project. All they have is the leadership of the project manager, who decides the direction in which the project is heading. The duty of a project manager is such a delicate one the success or otherwise of the project solely depends on him. It is important to get it right once and for all. One thing that is crucial to this is the attitude. At times when the situation seems chaotic, it is the duty of the project manager to step in and save the situation by making on-the-spot decisions that would take the team out of its dilemma. The project manager needs to develop the right attitude towards the project. It is also important for each member of the project team to take their own part of the job with all seriousness as the overall success of the project depends on the success of each of the individual members. It is important to build a team out of these individuals – a team with a common goal which is, the success of the project. All members of the project team have an individual, as well as a collective commitment to the team. Both of these is crucial to the completion of the project. Also, at regular intervals, the initial master plan standard of the project needs to be reviewed in order to ensure that everyone is still on track.