Guest post by Susan de Sousa
The reality is that good project management resources are hard to come by. If you are fortunate enough to have more than one good resource on your project, then count yourself lucky. However this shouldn’t be a surprise. After all if the entire project team were of the highest calibre they wouldn?t need a Project Manager to control it all; just a glorified admin assistant!
I should mention that as you move up the career ladder this becomes less of a problem, as you start managing the more high profile projects. Organisation’s tend to put their best people on their most important projects. Not only because they have to be delivered on time, but also because they usually involve the most complexity in terms of the solutions which have to be delivered.
Unfortunately when you start out you quickly discover that the smallest projects are usually contrained in terms of number of resources and their skillsets. So what can you do to successfully deliver without the necessary team resources? Well there are 3 points you must follow. These are:
1.0 Take Control and be a Leader
By this I mean you not only have to take control of the delivery, but also be seen to do so. Your resources need to be clear in what goal is being delivered and for when. They also need to know that you are someone who won’t just listen to their problems and then raise them in a risk and issues log, but be someone who will proactively try to get them resolved.
2.0 Foster Team Spirit
The sum of the parts always amount to more than the individual parts. Therefore to bridge the experience problem, get your team to work as one. Foster a “blitz spirit” which equates to “we’re all in this together so let’s help each other”. This includes you as well. Being an extra pair of hands and getting stuck in where required from detailing requirements to executing scripts all helps and you’ll be surprised at the results.
3.0 Locate the Experts
Often it is easy to get bamboozled by your colleagues. Deep down you have an instinctive feeling that you’re being led up the garden path, but because you aren’t technical enough you can’t really challenge what you are being told.
In this instance you need to seek out the “centres of excellence” within your Organisation and the internet. After all just because you don’t have the best resources on your project, it doesn’t mean that no-one does. You’ll quickly find that there is always someone who is an expert in a specific area, or who has delivered something similar to what you are doing who’s brain you can pick.
By following these points you will have a good basic head start in this important area, which when you are starting off in project management is absolutely vital to get right if you want to progress onto the high profile cutting edge projects.
My-Project-Management-Expert.com provides further information on this vital area regarding managing project teams as well as developing successful project teams which you must know if you want to succeed.