Project Management: What should you know Part 3/43 min read
In the previous article, we touched on methodologies and tools in project management.
Let’s continue where we left off. We shall focus on assembling a great team.
Well, this is one of the most important parts of project management.
ASSEMBLING A GREAT TEAM
Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with Human Resources personnel while assembling a team for a new project. Each and every experience I had was exciting, as it gave me the chance to build something from scratch and bring together a team of diverse yet complementary individuals.
The HR department was incredibly helpful in this process since they provided the guidance and resources needed to find suitable candidates for each role on our team.
One of the most important aspects of hiring for a new project is having an understanding of each role’s responsibilities and goals. With HR’s assistance, we were able to create detailed job descriptions for each position that would make it easier when reviewing applications and interviewing potential hires.
They also provided valuable insight into areas like compensation and benefits packages that need to be considered in order to attract top talent.
So to build up a great team we have to:
- Define the purpose of a team (Providing a clear, inspiring vision that sets the foundation for successful teamwork, and helps guide the direction of the group when they face challenges and decisions. All team members should trust, respect, and support each other.)
- Determine the goals and tasks (Outline the required tasks in a schedule, with agreed deadlines, milestones, and responsibilities. )
- Set expectations that each member understands what is expected of them, define a standard of conduct for the team
- Monitor, review, and reward (Project manager should make the time to regularly recognize, reward, and celebrate both team and individual performance. This will help to build morale and boost the motivation of the group to continue their hard work.)
And what about remote teams?
If you have remote team members communication is vital. Not just by using different types of textual messaging platforms but also video. Having a meeting with someone with and without a camera is totally different type of feeling. Especially if you meet with someone new in your team. So having video and audio is cruical in a daily remote team communication.
HOW TO DO INTERVIEWS?
Interviewing can be an intimidating process, but it’s essential for employers to find the best fit for their business. As someone in Human Resources, I understand the importance of focusing on certain aspects during interviews. When hiring a new member of your team, there are three aspects that you should pay close attention to: attitude, experience, and fit.
Attitude is key when determining if someone is right for a role. Look for individuals who display enthusiasm and confidence in their ability to do the job you’re offering them.
Experience is also important because it will give you an indication of how much knowledge they already have in this area; those with more experience may require less training and supervision than someone coming into the role with less knowledge or no prior experience at all.
Lastly, look for a team member who would be a great fit for a team. That mostly depends on your soft skills and the ability to clearly see the values that would be a perfect match with other team members.
In my next blog article I will finish with a Project Management topic.
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