The success of a project hinges around the team working on it. A well-oiled and motivated unit will produce far better work than a fractured team that struggles to focus on the key issues related to the work.
As a project manager, your aim is to get the most out of your project teams. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
Break Up Tasks
Having a single goal for a project reduces the sense of achievement that your team feels when it reaches important milestones. By breaking the project down into smaller tasks you not only organize the workflow but also provide the team with something more immediate to work towards, thus ensuring the team is bolstered with regular achievements throughout the project.
Be Clear With Requirements
One of the biggest causes of project failure is a lack of clarity when creating requirements. Each member of the team should understand his or her role in the project, ensuring a greater degree of focus that keeps each individual on track.
Trust the Team
Micromanagement on the part of project leaders will demotivate the team as it demonstrates the manager does not trust in their abilities. Managers should understand what each person brings to the team and how to leverage that knowledge to the project’s advantage, thus allowing team members to show some initiative and bring their own ideas to the fore.
Keep track of the project’s progress via communication, both formal and informal. A quick chat at the water cooler can reap just as many benefits as a meeting, plus you will find you develop deeper relationships with team members that help them stay motivated during difficult stretches. Finding a good balance is key, as taking up too much time with meetings will slow the project down.
Motivate the Team
According to Gallup, less than a third of employees feel engaged in their work. This lack of engagement results in lower productivity, as the employee doesn’t connect with the employer or, by extension, the projects they work on. Project managers should motivate their teams through incentive plans, team-building exercises, and by engaging with team members on a more human level to keep team members invested and productive.