These five steps promote establishing and sustaining a winning project team.
1. Build a Project Team
As a team, you will problem-solve and resolve conflict together so gathering a team which possesses excellent intrapersonal skills to recognize effort, unique talents and contributions is important.
To sustain a cohesive team environment, you need reliable, relevant, and timely communication. To ensure that all team members are informed, all project information should be reported consistently throughout each phase.
The team should adopt an attitude of sharing to foster a trusting work environment. As a project manager, you should make your team aware of the different means of communication you will be using.
Regular face-to-face meetings help you avoid miscommunication which can often happen through channels such as email or text. Despite busy schedules, meetings should be planned to support ongoing discussions and ensure that deliverables are completed according to the project timeline.
Reinforce team efforts through a recognition and reward scheme, and they will be more focused on deliverables. Celebrating milestones proves to be very motivating for any team. Establish a rewards system and communicate it to the team at the start of the project. It just might positively impact the overall success of the project.
4. Promote a Collaborative Environment
Through collaboration, you will spark creative solutions, team support, and promote individual personal growth. When team members can identify with one another through a shared goal, then a team that is collaborative and cohesive is created.
5. Recognize and Manage Conflict
Your challenge is to facilitate relationships among people of very diverse backgrounds by making them recognize that they all share a mutual goal.
A good project manager knows how to take action when conflicts arise and not just stand back and let things work things out. After all, open communication is something effective project managers promote. Opening up the conversations when issues arise ensures that they will be dealt with quickly before they negatively affect the outcome of the project.