Additional Points on Team Building

Teams are formed in contexts other than that of a formal project as described here. There are other types of teams, such as quality circle teams, integrated product teams, concurrent engineering teams, task force teams, and others. The key point is that the earlier discussion applies to all these various types of teams, and that the required skills are more or less the same. Learning the basics of team building, therefore, is worthwhile whether or not you now serve as a PM or CSE. Sooner or later you will be part of a team and perhaps sooner than you think you will be asked to build and run a team effort.

We also note that in the presentation of the subject of leadership in the previous chapter, the third most important attribute of a leader was cooperating, sharing, team building, and team playing. To be a leader, then, is to know how to build a team. Conversely, and categorically, to not know how to build a team is to not be a leader.

There is an endless supply of literature on the critical subject of team building, including entire books, courses, viodetapes, and magazine articles. For the reader interested in pursuing this matter beyond the suggested essential steps cited in Exhibit 6.2, reference is made here to the Harvard Business Review and several additional sources [6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5]. Effort put into building a strong, effective, and productive team will pay large dividends for both the Project Manager and the Chief Systems Engineer.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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