How To Build A Project Team
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Over the past few months, I have noticed a trend among small business owners – project team members are being left out of the process. You spend your time supervising projects or chasing down people to be part of a project, while someone else does the work.
As you probably know by now, this doesn’t go well for anyone!
Project teams take time to form and function effectively. Just because it hasn’t yet at one company doesn’t mean it isn’t needed at yours. By investing in project team skills early on, you can save lots of wasted effort later.
I would like to offer some tips on how to build a project team that works. These tips will apply whether you have one employee or a staff of ten.
Building a project team is not an easy task but it is definitely doable if you learn how to manage them and teach them what they need to know. Don’t expect everyone to know everything all at once though! This wouldn’t help anyone very much!
This article will talk about why creating a project team is important, as well as some ways to start building yours. Let’s get into it!
Why Is It Important To Have A Project Team?
You may already know most big companies have project management departments, but this is only half of the picture. What many don’t realize is that every department within a company has project teams.
Establish project goals
The first thing you need to do as a manager is determine what your organization’s overall mission or goal is. This should be made very clear to your team members, because without it they will not know what their responsibilities are!
Your team member’s jobs can easily get lost in the shuffle if they don’t feel like their role is important to helping you achieve that goal. Make sure everyone knows what their job title is and what their responsibility is so there are no surprises.
Once this is done, you can move onto the next step which is establishing individual roles within the department or team.
Identify team members
The next step in building your project group is to identify who will be involved in it! This includes identifying who does what, determining if they have experience doing that thing, and figuring out how much time each person can contribute.
It also means making sure everyone knows about the other people so that they can work together effectively.
You should consider this before asking anyone to help with your project. Make sure you are ready to work with them!
If someone doesn’t seem like they know who the others are or why they need to know about them, chances are they won’t get asked. So now you may not have anyone to invite!
Another way to determine whether people are willing to invest their energy in your project is by looking at past collaborations. If someone has never helped organize another event, for example, then that may mean they don’t want to put in the effort needed to do so here.
Create team assignments
The next step in building your project management system is creating team assignments, or determining who will be responsible for what projects. This can be done by having individual team members assign themselves to projects or have someone else do it.
Project managers usually get assigned to other people as their own responsibility, but that’s not always possible, so make sure you know how to handle this situation!
If one of your team members takes over another person’s job, they should notify their previous supervisor about the change of responsibilities and the new contact information.
This way, everyone stays connected to each other, and nothing gets overlooked. Make sure to keep all documents, notes, and recordings organized, too!
You may also want to consider using Google Apps to manage your team members and project teams. That way, you don’t need any special software to connect them. You can easily access everything through the web interface.
Communicate team assignments
As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest causes of conflict in projects is not having enough information. People have different areas they want to contribute to the project, different strengths they believe they can add, and their perception of what tasks are important.
If you assign someone to do something, make sure they know about it! This could be done face-to-face or via chat, email, phone call, and/or IM. If there’s any confusion over an assignment, you can always reevaluate it by talking things out.
Project teams don’t usually work if people keep picking up where others left off because nobody keeps track of who did what. Make use of tools such as task management software, meeting notes, and file archives to help get rid of this problem.
Establish team processes
One of the first things you will need to do as a project manager is establish how your team members work. What process they should use for submitting assignments, responding to messages, and gathering information?
This can be tricky at times because individuals have different styles that help them get the job done. For example, some people are very detail oriented, while others may feel more comfortable making quick decisions.
Project managers must find ways to accommodate these differences in order to keep control over the workload.
It’s also important to understand the roles each person plays within the organization and their responsibilities. This way, you know who to go to if someone needs help with something or wants feedback on their work.
Team membership changes frequently in large organizations so it’s best to discuss role definitions early on.
Design team structure
A design team should have at least two people, if not more. This can be you as the creative designer, and then either an in-house or freelance artist/designer that will help bring your designs to life.
Usually, one person is hired as the project manager. They are responsible for keeping track of all the deadlines, assignments, and communication with other members of the team.
The project manager also makes sure everything goes according to plan, from travel arrangements to paying bills.
Lastly, the project manager oversees the budget and time frame for each stage of production, ensuring nothing gets wasted.
General rule: never hire someone as a project manager who cannot take responsibility for such things themselves!
Design teams usually have separate contracts per member, which outline their roles and responsibilities. Make sure to check out how much liability each party holds before signing anything.
Set team standards
As discussed, creating an effective project team takes time, energy, and consistency. You will have to set clear expectations and guidelines for how people should behave as colleagues and members of your team.
You can’t expect good results unless you establish basic norms such as regular meetings, deadlines, and communication strategies.
When things get tough, you’ll want to make sure that everyone is pulling in the same direction and understanding what needs to be done next. This creates internal cohesion and momentum, which help ensure success.
Set appropriate priorities and manage resources effectively by clearly defining responsibilities and obligations. When people feel like they don’t know their role or who else is doing something, it can create chaos instead of efficiency.
Experts agree that one of the top reasons teams fail is because of poor leadership. Make sure you are consistently demonstrating influence and leadership through meeting commitments, setting goals, supporting others, and being direct.
Choose team leadership
As mentioned before, one of the most important things in project management is choosing your leader. Who will manage the daily tasks and deadlines can make or break the success of the project!
As you know by now, being a good leader isn’t just about giving orders and expecting people to follow them. It's about motivating others to help you achieve your goals.
A strong leader doesn't need to be in control all the time — that would not only burn out those under him or her, but also push people away who may want less direct supervision.
Instead, a strong leader sets goals for everyone, listens to feedback, and adjusts his or her behavior according to what he or she hears. This way, everyone around them feels like they are being heard and their opinions matter.
Project managers are often leaders — we give instructions to other people, hold meetings, update teams on progress, and create momentum towards our goal together.