How to Put Together a Project Team

In the business world, there are many reasons why a project team would need to be assembled. Each company has different projects that they need to accomplish, whether it is for clients or for internal purposes. Creating a strong project team is essential to achieving the desired results without an occurrence of costly mistakes along the way. If you have the need for a project team, but are unsure of how to go about putting one together, these are the components that you need to look for.

Trustworthy Associates

When a project is demanding your attention, you need associates that you can rely on not only to help you get the project rolling, but to see it through to the end. When co-workers trust each other, it provides a more comfortable working atmosphere, which in turn, sparks productivity.

Necessary Skills and Attributes

Even if your team is trustworthy, you are going to find that without the necessary skills and attributes, your team members will struggle to complete the task. The great thing about working with various team members is that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. If you evaluate each team member’s strengths, you can allocate their resources to a particular part of the project. You want to choose associates that have a proven track record, because there is no substitute for in-depth experience that is only gained through hands on work experience.

Communication is Essential

Choosing team members who are not afraid to communicate is within your best interest and will create a solid team. Team members need to not be afraid when it is time to speak up in terms of a roadblock. In addition, if someone knows of a better way to tackle a specific project, they should have the courage to speak their minds. Of course, this can be taken too far, but for the most part being able to communicate on the status of the project, what is left to be done and the best way to tackle the next aspect is important.

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Adequate Team Leader

No project team is complete without an effective leader. The project leader must be able to keep the team motivated and offer mentoring where it is necessary. In addition, a successful project manager is hands on, just like the team. They do not leave the grunt work to the other members. Being a team leader requires dedication and organization. Without these two factors, the team will essentially be on their own. The project leader also speaks to management and clients on behalf of the team so being directly involved is crucial to relay the status of the project as well.

Daniel Ruyter is an agile project manager, IT consultant and co-founder of Alpha Tree Marketing.

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