Saturday, April 7, 2012

More Tips on Selecting Your Project Team

If you can get the selection of your project team right, then your role as project manager will be more about planning, coordinating, guiding and encouraging – and less about directing, training, instructing, cajoling, correcting and mediating.  

So invest the time up-front in a strong selection process and you will reap the rewards later on of a smooth-running and successful project. Here are some more tips for the new project manager to help you select your project team ....
1.   Think about having the right balance of experience in your project team. The young tech genius fresh out of university with their Masters degree may bring capability with the latest technology but lack the “real world” application in the commercial business environment.
2.   Consider the genuine level of desire that staff possess for joining your project. You will likely need to “sell” the project to good candidates within your organisation who have the skill mix you require. But at the end of the day, if there is a choice between a reluctant project member with all the required skills and a keen project member with not-quite all of the required skills – often that extra motivation will more than compensate for the skills gap.
3.   As far as possible, seek out some people who have worked on similar projects – even if their role on that project was somewhat different to the one they will be performing with you. They may be able to suggest processes, procedures or methodologies that could be transferable to your project.
4.   When all is said and done, one of the most important qualities to assess in a prospective project team member is whether you trust that the person will see the project through to the end with you. The person with a great skill set but who has a history of leaving mid-way during projects because something “better” came along, will probably not be someone that you can rely upon.

By the way, if you want some ideas to help you with the effective leadership of your project team, have a look at Leadership Qualities It can be very helpful to understand what people look for in their leaders.