As a project manager, there is only so much you can do. During your project management training, you will have learnt about the importance of relying on your team. This all begins with choosing the right team members for your project. After all, a project is only as successful as the people that are behind it. Below, we take a look at some of the qualities you should look out for and what you need to consider when choosing team members for specific roles.
Firstly, let’s take a look at the different qualities you need to look for when choosing members of your team. While each person is going to be bringing different skills and knowledge to the table, you need to look for certain characteristics to ensure that all team members are going to work effectively together. For example, you need someone that is self-assured. They need to be able to confidently and clearly convey their ideas and their needs. It is important that all members of your team have a voice. If they are unable to carry out their task because they are waiting on certain data, they need to stand up and say so.
Aside from this, you need team members that have accurate estimating skills. As a project manager, you are going to be relying on your team to provide you with estimates for their individual tasks. If they do not provide accurate estimates, it could throw the entire project off course. You should also choose team members that are highly organised. Project success is rarely attainable when there is mass chaos. You need team members that are aware of what they are doing at every step of the project, and how they can use different techniques and tools in order to stay organised.
The final must-have quality is someone that can communicate well. Project team members are going to be working with people in all levels of your business, with different skill sets and from various backgrounds. This is why they need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively. The last thing you want is for everyone to be on different pages.
Not only do you need to make sure all team members have the right qualities for your team, but you also need to ensure you have the right people in the right positions. There can be a temptation to put the first available person on the next task. However, you need to harvest everyone’s skills effectively.
When it comes to any project, getting the team right is of critical importance. If you do not put the best team together, you are not going to get the best results. However, putting the team together is only the first part of the process, you then need to make sure that you are using their skills as effectively as possible. If you follow the tips that have been mentioned above when you are putting together a project, you will have the right personnel on board to get started.