A. Tools and techniques in developing a project team
Developing a project team is an undertaking that pools together a team, that is members who are in a unity of purpose, while capitalizing and honing in on their skills and expertise. This, is done to enhance the team’s environment and maximizing productivity and performance. It starts from team management and team building activities to create an internal working environment. At the backdrop, is the contextual flow of timely information amongst all team members to ensure seamless completion of the project. The end game is value-addition to skills set and competencies among members, and a positive team culture of cooperation, mutual trust, and optimum productivity.
Tools, act as drivers to ensure ultimate completion of the project. They act as ingredients of a successful project development team. Some tools project managers would look into include:
The Project charter. A service charter give formal and legitimate authority, initiates the project and sets the pace for all planning activities. It could be done by the project team manager, or the team, but must involve the clients and the financers. It is thus an approved document.
The project mission and vision statement. A set of working philosophies and statement of the project scope. Frequently, done in the prior stages of the project. It puts the team endeavors, goals and aspirations on track, acting as a constant reminder preventing digressing. It is important for members to get acquainted with the mission and vision statements since they are the drivers of service.
The techniques, are a set of methodologies which ensure the project development process is continuous, not prompt.
Team building techniques. This is all about relationships — professional working and meaningful relationships. Granted this, project team members are united and work in harmony, and create a feeling of trust. Conflicts and personality differences are thus reconciled and checked. Team building follows these stages:
Forming. Here team members, gather, share and appreciate each other’s interests and concerns. The first meeting ore akin to an orientation. Here leaders and members create first impressions, set out the objectives, map out the roadmap to getting thee project done.
Storming. Members here will appreciate and understand each other’s ideas. Conflict result is an important skill. Team playing, active listening, turn taking are key skills to ensure each member gets a fair chance to express themselves. Effective communication will thus be set allowing for governance and mutual consensus of thought.