Team-Based Project Management by James P. Lewis

By James P. Lewis

The main meticulously scheduled and arranged venture could be disrupted via one point: humans! such a lot venture administration actions (whether developing a brand new construction or launching a brand new product) are run through place of work groups -- and groups can get out of hand. This booklet offers undertaking managers the abilities they should create high-performing undertaking groups, together with find out how to: ** comprehend the fundamentals of human habit and motivation ** flip a "group of individuals" right into a functioning undertaking "team" ** lead the staff successfully and aid deal with choice making ** enhance the team's point of class and skills -- and constantly enhance either ** advertise innovation and creativity (and hold conferences enjoyable) ** take care of challenge group individuals and get to the bottom of conflicts The booklet indicates tips to get groups excited, devoted, and acting at their most sensible. that is a winning undertaking!

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A Work Breakdown Structure is: a. A failure of a team member to complete his work on time b. A graphical method of dividing a large project into manageable "chunks" c. An organization chart for a project team d. A diagram that shows the sequence in which work is done 2. A PERT or CPM diagram is: a. Used to keep uninformed members of the team in the dark about what is going on b. A diagram using bars to show when tasks should start and end c. A diagram that shows the sequence of work with arrows and also determines the critical path through the project d.

2. To educate; train. 3. To help grow or develop; cultivate: nurture a student's talent. You should be a coach, mentor, mediator of disputes and conflicts, cheerleader, and even "gopher" when the need arises. Occasionally, you might also be required to do some job counseling, especially if one of your team members has performance problems. Chapter 15 offers more information on how to handle marginal performance. You are also expected to stand up for your team against anyone who might behave in ways harmful to it.

If, however, they come to the team with good skills in the functions that they have to perform, then the project leader is a lot like a jazz band leadershe can give them the freedom to "do their thing" with minimal interference. Another task that the project leader must perform that the jazz band leader does not have to do is orchestrate the interactions among the members of the team. In the jazz band, these interactions are heard and under- Page 15 stood by the musicians. In the project team, no such obvious "visibility" exists, so the project leader must provide that coordination.

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