“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” –Henry Ford
In order to be successful in any endeavour, first and foremost you must ensure that you have the right people for the task at hand. Project management is no different, since even when you have all the right project processes and systems in place, without the right people to supervise and operate them, the effort to achieve success will be futile.
- Create the perfect team.
In an ideal world, you would be able to beforehand assess and select the people that would join your team to ensure maximum compatibility and team cohesiveness. In reality, that rarely is the case. Regardless, you can still minimize friction between team members by defining clear roles, responsibilities and goals to make sure everybody is moving in the same direction and no one is stepping on anybody’s toes. This can be achieved through a team kick-off meeting. In this meeting it’s important to establish clear communication channels for your
“Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but Project Management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” — Joy Gumz .
The dictionary defines a team as a group of people working or playing together. But anyone watching a swarm of 6-year-olds playing soccer, with each child focused on his or her own performance, knows that definition lacks something.
Imagine the challenges faced by a newly formed orchestra, composed of highly trained specialists, each capable of a solo performance. When they come together for a short-term engagement, they depend on four essentials: