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Discuss the factors in the business environment that lead to the successful selection and management of project teams.

SIM 335 Managing Projects Autumn

People in Projects

Learning Outcomes:

Explain how the role of managing project teams differs from the role of the functional or line manager.

Discuss the factors in the business environment that lead to the successful selection and management of project teams.

Recognise and respond to the needs of project stakeholders

People in Projects

Effective Teams

Ineffective Teams

Multi-disciplinary Teams

Tuckman (1965), Belbin (1996)

Project Leadership Styles

The Project Manager’s Role

Technical Experts vs. Generalists Summary

People in Projects

A group or team has certain attributes that a random crowd does not possess:

The members have a sense of identity: there are boundaries to the group which define it.

Members are loyal to the group: they conform to the norms of behaviour and attitude that bind the group together.

Purpose and leadership: most groups have a purpose and a set of objectives.

The Purpose of Project Teams

The project will almost certainly require skills that no one individual would possess.

Teams can brainstorm to generate ideas

Once a team has made a decision the team will/should commit to it.

Teams act as motivators

Members can help and support one another.

Project Team Structure

Project Manager: 

  • Transport person
  • Designer
  • Expeditor
  • Planner
  • Procurement
  • Engineer
  • Accountant
  • Secretary

Why teams succeed?

A good spread of mental skills

A good spread of personalities to give balance

Project team leader is effective and accepted by other members of the team

Teams are effective in generating ideas and solutions to problems.

Processes support objective

Regular communication


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