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These articles and videos address the tools and techniques project managers should use to lead their project teams. The objective is not only to have your team members complete their tasks on time and within budget but also to have a high level of commitment to the project’s goals scope and schedule as well as the quality standards required for the project to be successful. Project managers use many techniques to motivate the team, counsel team members who are having difficulty and to encourage early problem solution with the project team.

Team Building

When many project managers, team leaders and team members see the term “team building,” they immediately think of a facilitator or consultant coming to work with their group. These facilitators run games and exercises as a way of improving team member performance. That kind of team building has its place and can be effective.  However, team building […]

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Virtual Teams – Video

Virtual Teams Need High Tech, High Process and High Touch Leaders The traditional way of managing teams doesn’t work with virtual teams. Virtual teams despite (or because of) all the technology are regularly crippled by: conflict between team members poor communications ineffective collaboration little cohesion inefficient processes declining interest and commitment. In summary, they are poorly […]

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Micromanage? Not Me!

Do You Micromanage Your Team? None of us like to think we micromanage. But it’s often a challenge not to micromanage your project team. Here are some common assumptions of PM’s who micromanage: You’re the project manager and that means you’re the expert on everything about the project…so you need to make all the decisions Your […]

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Status Meetings: Info-free, Macho or Micro-detail

Your Status Meetings quickly earn a reputation, and it’s usually bad. First we’ll discuss three types of bad status meetings. Then we’ll explore ways to make your status meetings short and effective. Status Meeting Types Some status meetings are info-free, meaning no one knows much about anything. The project manager doesn’t know where the project should […]

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Team Training

Team Training Many times you will be leading a team of subject matter experts whose expertise in their specialty exceeds your knowledge of it by a significant amount. It’s easy to say that you have no need or obligation for team training for these people. While it may be true that you don’t have to train […]

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Team Micromanagement – Video

Project teams have different cultures and attitudes toward the project and its manager. The project team members bring expectations based on their prior project experience as well as their attitudes about being on project teams. But the primary factor that determines the project team culture is the project manager’s behavior. This behavior includes: assigning work […]

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Matrix Project Team

In the matrix project team, you borrow people from other departments, not from your own. Matrix project teams have always been popular with project managers. They are a way to get resources for your project without paying consulting fees or persuading people in your organization to give up some of their staff.  That sounds like a fabulous bargain but […]

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Team Building Techniques

Let’s talk about Team Building Techniques that determine the team’s level of performance. These techniques are used for three Moments of Truth (MOT). If team leaders handle them properly, these Moments of Truth (MOT) produce team members who actually try to do the following: finish assignments early take responsibility for solving problems and try to find better, faster […]

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Team Assignments – Video

First, let’s watch a video about what the first meeting with a team member should deliver. Next we’ll discuss an example of a team member assignment that, unfortunately, is typical. Then we’ll talk about the right way to make team assignments. The goal of this example project is to improve the quality of the applicants that Human Resources refers to line managers […]

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How To Manage Remote Project Teams

Over the last 10 years, technology has provided more opportunity for teams to collaborate remotely, whether working from home, varied offices, or another country. This brings potential communication barriers into the picture.  Email, text messaging, teleconferencing, among other technologies, have allowed for project teams to collaborate effectively. Working remotely, however, can also create some challenges when […]

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Effective Feedback

An important part of a leader’s job is setting norms of behavior and conduct. These help the team work together effectively and efficiently. You, as the leader, must set and enforce these norms of behavior. You have to reinforce positive behavior and change negative behavior.  Part of behavior change comes when you criticize a team […]

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Team Types

When you take over a team from another leader, one of the first things you do is make a quick assessment of the team’s culture or type. While each of the individual team member will be different, you always find there is an overall project team culture that has developed. That culture reflects the previous […]

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Project Team Motivation

Project team motivation is every bit as important as developing a creative project plan, creating a tight schedule and spotting problems early. Too many project managers assume that their team members will be unaffected by their behavior in assigning work, solving problems and making estimates. That is very far from the truth because those three […]

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