LSA Global Insights Newsletter: 5 Steps to Get Your Project Team Pulling in the Same Direction

10.28.2015

5 Steps to Get Your Project Team Pulling in the Same Direction

5 employees adding to a complex, wall-sized graphic representing a complex project

Is your project team scattered all over the map? Do they know where they are going and how they are going to get there?

The more important, complex and visible your project, the more critical it is to have all the team members working together and pulling in the same direction. 


Most project leaders face at least one of the following challenges during a project: 
  • Resource Limitations. Just as the project has a start and a finish, so does the project team. The more unique the project, the greater the difficulty in assembling and keeping a team with the appropriate skill and style mix. 
  • Scope Creep. Project scope rarely stays the same over the course of a project. Things change and projects need to change accordingly. Scope is controlled by ensuring there are clear agreements (in a way that aligns with your organizational culture and before any new work begins) on the implications of requirements, specifications, objectives, timelines and costs. 
  • Politics. When "politics" interferes with project progress, we usually mean that the organization's authority structures and influencers aren't properly supporting the project. Given that projects often require cooperation and participation across functional boundaries of an organization, this is not surprising.
  • Weak Estimating. Because estimating requires forecasting the future, resource requirements, costs, timing and deliverables are often built more on assumptions than facts. Even projects that are similar to previous efforts can be difficult to forecast because most projects contain so many variables. 
  • Poor Communication. If people are the engine of accomplishing work, communication is the heart of true productivity. Projects that require cooperative, concerted effort from temporary, cross-functional project teams, require teams to re-create basic communication channels on every project. 
To overcome these common challenges, each project team needs a clear road map to follow. You, as project leader, are in charge of seeing that there is a step-by-step plan to drive you all efficiently and successfully toward the project goals that will deliver the desired business results for your key stakeholders.


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