Five characteristics that make a project team successful
The team that orchestrates a project is the key to its success. The more cohesive the team, the greater the chances of a successful project. A strong team is not something that happens by itself. Here are five key characteristics that will help you create a successful project team.
1. Clear Goals
It is important that goals are clearly defined and quantifiable so that everyone on the team understands the direction of the project. Even if one person is not sure, it can have a domino effect and derail the entire project.
Participating in the goal setting process with your team members can be very beneficial. A Gallup study found that employees are 3.6x more likely to be engaged when they are involved. SMART is a good framework for setting clear goals.
Specific – Is it clear so that everyone on the team can understand the vision?
Measurable – Have you broken down each stage into manageable steps?
Attainable – Is it possible and realistic in accordance with the available resources, knowledge, and time?
Relevant – Is it the right time and how important is it to the project?
Timely – What is the timeframe? Is there enough time to complete the task?
2. Clear roles
There are responsibilities and positions that must be followed in sports teams. This applies to project teams too. The roles and responsibilities are a way to define how the team will work together, establish expectations and assign tasks to the right people. This can boost morale and help to increase project effectiveness. It’s a win for everyone!
3. Open communication
Communication is an essential element of any team, and especially project teams. Clear communication is key to avoiding the Chinese whispers scenario. This is where the original message is misinterpreted along the communication channel and the recipient receives a completely different message. This makes it even more important to have good listening skills. Without them, how can you communicate what you want?
While co-operative work is encouraged, it is important to have strong leadership and management. This is especially important when there is conflict. Conflict can have a ripple effect on the team and negatively affect the project’s progress. To increase the success of the project team, a leader is responsible for managing the project and the individual team members. The PMP certification is a great course. It recognizes your demonstrated competence in leading and managing project teams and helps you to improve your project management skills.
5. Positive Atmosphere
For a project team to succeed, it is crucial to have a high morale and good health. Disengaged and negative team members can disrupt communication and hinder harmonious working. There will always be different personalities in any team. However, a positive environment can help to reduce conflict and negativity.
Each project team works in a different way. What works for one may not work for another. These five characteristics will help you create a harmonious project team that is effective and productive.