Preparing for Team Management

Managing the project team is based on many conditions and scenarios within the project. Management of the project team is really about one thing: getting the project work done as promised in the project scope statement. There are many inputs to project team management:

• Organizational process assets Consider the organization's approach to rewarding employees for their work in a project. Organizational process assets in team management rely on dinners, certificates of appreciation, newsletters, and other methods to recognize a project team's hard work on a project.

• Project staff assignments The project manager and the project management team both need a listing of the project staff assignments to monitor and evaluate each project team member's project performance.

• Project organizational charts Remember these? These charts depict the reporting structure between and among project team members.

• Staffing management plan You know this plan, right? Just in case you forgot, it defines when project team members will complete their project work, the training needs for the project, certification requirements, and any labor compliance issues. It's the output of human resources planning.

• Team performance assessment You'll know if your project team is doing a good job or not, but you'll want to quantify their performance so that you can make recommendations where needed.

• Work performance information The project management team observes and records the work a project team member performs. This doesn't necessarily mean the project management team peers over the shoulder of the project team member, but rather observes the team member's participation in team activities, delivery on action items, and thoroughness in communication.

• Performance reports These are just reports about the project team's performance and how it meshes, or contradicts, what was promised in the project management plan.

All of these inputs feed directly into the actual process of managing the project team. The project manager and the project management team will use the evidence of these things to better manage the team in order to move the project towards completion.

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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