7 Questions to Gauge Your Project Team’s Potential

Today’s workforce is comprised of individuals forming a project team for a company or a certain project. Owner-managers need to make sure that their decisions will lead them to success. Business operations in a collaboration team should be treated hands-on. How? They can do it by performing proper project management.

Companies and businesses are aiming to be successful. They get workers that will help them achieve this goal. They form a productive team and eventually ask questions. Success depends on how the project manager performs proper team management. So, what are the important questions that every project manager should be able to answer?

1. As manager, are you leading the way to success?
Managing a project team means becoming a leader. Effective leadership is a part of project management where the manager should spend a considerable amount of time and energy. As a team leader, helping the team perform effectively is something that you have to decide on for the benefit of the team and the company as a whole. Team members will most likely to follow this good example, eventually creating a productive team in the process.

2. Does your team know the purpose, goals, objectives, and target?
Having a clear purpose right from the start is a necessary ingredient for team success. When forming project collaboration, the first question to ask is: What is our purpose? This purpose is the main reason why these individuals come together as a team. It is best that the collaboration team sticks to this all throughout the project duration in order to reach goals.

Once you all know the purpose, goals and objectives are listed down. Make sure that these goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. As manager, you should be open to collaboration starting with this task of setting goals.

3. Are your team members delegated properly?
Teamwork is an important ingredient in every growing company or business. Every collaboration team has specific tasks to complete. These tasks must be properly assigned to the right person. Here is where task management comes in. Task management is an integral part of project management because it helps managers stick to a detailed and updated project schedule. Properly delegated team members would mean that there is potential for the team to succeed since there is good direction and it is sure that the project moves forward.

As manager, you should know your members well. Focus on their talents and strengths, as well as what they can contribute to the team effort. Managing tasks can help individuals achieve goals, as well as teams in terms of collaboration. Members should be delegated properly by assigning them familiar tasks that will enable them to become a productive team.

4. Is your team constantly developing ways of interacting and communicating effectively?
It is important to track the ways on how team members interact with each other over time. Especially in collaboration, it is important for everyone to be able to freely discuss team matters in a convenient manner.

Aside from availability of communication tools and processes such as open meetings and one on one interview, you should also conduct trainings and presentations to encourage interaction among the project team. As manager, you should proactively recognize team effort and individual contributions through regular meetings and appraisals. Keep in mind that how the productive team decides on matters, delegates tasks, and responds to accountability determines its potential.

5. Is your team virtually-equipped and ready to face technological advancements?
As the team leader, you have to make sure that you maintain an open-minded team. According to U.S. Office of Personnel Management a team should be open to the changes that happen internally and externally. Be it a change inside the team, inside the organization, or outside the business and even to technological changes, you should make sure that you have a team that is ready for the complexities that may happen in and out.

Project management is comprised of 90 percent communication. While managers still rely on personal contact to communicate and build trusting relationships with team members, it is most important for virtual project teams to keep communication lines wide open. Modern technology found ways to support virtual teams. The advantage of being virtually-equipped is their readiness to face modernization. The workplace is becoming fast-paced and it is important to maintain confidence among members. Virtual readiness means that the productive team can work independently while still being accountable for their tasks.

Communication tools include internet access, email, instant messaging, web meetings, conference calls, video conferencing, social media, shared files or directories, and availability of collaboration software. As project manager, you need to understand how to use project management tools such as Podio, Trello, Zoho and Binfire as well as the proper approach to team members.

6. As manager, are you monitoring the progress and collaboration?
Even if this is project collaboration, it does not necessarily mean that it’s okay to just wait for the project to end. As manager, it is your responsibility to form the right team, start the project and monitor the progress until it is done. You can find out if there is effective teamwork or proper use of communication tools. Part of team management is keeping track of constantly finding ways on how to improve the project, how to strictly follow the schedules or deadlines, and ironing out minor problems as well as pointing out.

7. As manager, do you value your committed team member?
The project team’s unity is crucial in maintaining the formed collaboration. If you have put together a group of dedicated, talented and capable individuals that perform well, it is best to let them stay long enough to know how the whole productive team works. When the time comes that they become highly competent and efficient team members, you are assured of achieving more for your company or business.

Valuing a committed member is a significant part of team management. A dedicated individual can contribute alone and perform well in a collaboration team.

As project manager, these seven questions are just a few to gauge the potential of your team. You can keep your team productive so that your company can benefit from their performance. You can do this by being a leader, building trustworthy relationships, creating job satisfaction, and rewarding your team members.

Today’s workforce is comprised of individuals forming a project team for a company or a certain project. Owner-managers need to make sure that their decisions will lead them to success. Business operations in a collaboration team should be treated hands-on. How? They can do it by performing proper project management.

Companies and businesses are aiming to be successful. They get workers that will help them achieve this goal. They form a productive team and eventually ask questions. Success depends on how the project manager performs proper team management. So, what are the important questions that every project manager should be able to answer?

1. As manager, are you leading the way to success?
Managing a project team means becoming a leader. Effective leadership is a part of project management where the manager should spend a considerable amount of time and energy. As a team leader, helping the team perform effectively is something that you have to decide on for the benefit of the team and the company as a whole. Team members will most likely to follow this good example, eventually creating a productive team in the process.

2. Does your team know the purpose, goals, objectives, and target?
Having a clear purpose right from the start is a necessary ingredient for team success. When forming project collaboration, the first question to ask is: What is our purpose? This purpose is the main reason why these individuals come together as a team. It is best that the collaboration team sticks to this all throughout the project duration in order to reach goals.

Once you all know the purpose, goals and objectives are listed down. Make sure that these goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. As manager, you should be open to collaboration starting with this task of setting goals.

3. Are your team members delegated properly?
Teamwork is an important ingredient in every growing company or business. Every collaboration team has specific tasks to complete. These tasks must be properly assigned to the right person. Here is where task management comes in. Task management is an integral part of project management because it helps managers stick to a detailed and updated project schedule. Properly delegated team members would mean that there is potential for the team to succeed since there is good direction and it is sure that the project moves forward.

As manager, you should know your members well. Focus on their talents and strengths, as well as what they can contribute to the team effort. Managing tasks can help individuals achieve goals, as well as teams in terms of collaboration. Members should be delegated properly by assigning them familiar tasks that will enable them to become a productive team.

4. Is your team constantly developing ways of interacting and communicating effectively?
It is important to track the ways on how team members interact with each other over time. Especially in collaboration, it is important for everyone to be able to freely discuss team matters in a convenient manner.

Aside from availability of communication tools and processes such as open meetings and one on one interview, you should also conduct trainings and presentations to encourage interaction among the project team. As manager, you should proactively recognize team effort and individual contributions through regular meetings and appraisals. Keep in mind that how the productive team decides on matters, delegates tasks, and responds to accountability determines its potential.

5. Is your team virtually-equipped and ready to face technological advancements?
As the team leader, you have to make sure that you maintain an open-minded team. According to U.S. Office of Personnel Management a team should be open to the changes that happen internally and externally. Be it a change inside the team, inside the organization, or outside the business and even to technological changes, you should make sure that you have a team that is ready for the complexities that may happen in and out.

Project management is comprised of 90 percent communication. While managers still rely on personal contact to communicate and build trusting relationships with team members, it is most important for virtual project teams to keep communication lines wide open. Modern technology found ways to support virtual teams. The advantage of being virtually-equipped is their readiness to face modernization. The workplace is becoming fast-paced and it is important to maintain confidence among members. Virtual readiness means that the productive team can work independently while still being accountable for their tasks.

Communication tools include internet access, email, instant messaging, web meetings, conference calls, video conferencing, social media, shared files or directories, and availability of collaboration software. As project manager, you need to understand how to use project management tools such as Podio, Trello, Zoho and Binfire as well as the proper approach to team members.

6. As manager, are you monitoring the progress and collaboration?
Even if this is project collaboration, it does not necessarily mean that it’s okay to just wait for the project to end. As manager, it is your responsibility to form the right team, start the project and monitor the progress until it is done. You can find out if there is effective teamwork or proper use of communication tools. Part of team management is keeping track of constantly finding ways on how to improve the project, how to strictly follow the schedules or deadlines, and ironing out minor problems as well as pointing out.

7. As manager, do you value your committed team member?
The project team’s unity is crucial in maintaining the formed collaboration. If you have put together a group of dedicated, talented and capable individuals that perform well, it is best to let them stay long enough to know how the whole productive team works. When the time comes that they become highly competent and efficient team members, you are assured of achieving more for your company or business.

Valuing a committed member is a significant part of team management. A dedicated individual can contribute alone and perform well in a collaboration team.

As project manager, these seven questions are just a few to gauge the potential of your team. You can keep your team productive so that your company can benefit from their performance. You can do this by being a leader, building trustworthy relationships, creating job satisfaction, and rewarding your team members.

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