Electronic Newsletter Issue 2006-03
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Research conducted in 2000 and based on an analysis of 30,000 IT projects indicated 28 percent of projects were delivered on time, on budget, and within spec. It also revealed 23 percent of projects fail or were cancelled.
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According to the “Wizard of Whenã”, if project team members have worked together before then the project may start well. Team members who have worked on team projects before will already be familiar with team problem solving and participatory decision-making and will see working on team as a motivating factor in their and others’ contribution to the project. However, if some of the team members have not worked together or been part of a team before, the project manager may want to consider if there is need for any team training or team-building activities to help the members work together. If the team has not worked together before, in their first team meeting, members will need to establish conduct guidelines for personal and group behavior. Working as a team, the members should find they produce better project results in an effective manner.
Often project team members have expertise in similar projects because more experienced members will help insure the project stays on schedule. However, working on a project with a coach or mentor who has experience can be a great learning tool for those new to the project’s type of work, process, service, or product. Additionally, there may be a need for technical training as well as coaching of less experienced team members. Project Managers may find a computer tool (Learning Management System, or Project Management application, or Spreadsheet software) for tracking and budgeting training and/or mentoring hours on projects.
According to the “Wizard of Whenã”, rewards and recognition should be built into the project. Individual rewards can be as simple as a thank you or “pat on the back”. Group awards can take the form of project celebrations. These may occur upon completion of the overall project or small celebrations may occur during implementation of the project. Implementation celebrations typically will coincide with phase completion or when milestones are accomplished. Celebrations may be included in the project budget or they may be team-sponsored activities. Either way, determine what appropriate celebrations are and when to conduct them. The celebrations may be having a small party with snacks, doing a potluck lunch, going out to lunch, or having dinner as a group.
To see a unique idea for project celebrations, click on the URL below to go to the February 2006 article "100 Things as Project Motivation" from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)** newsletter.
** The Dallas Chapter of ASTD focuses on best practices and local trends that professionals will find informative, useful, and applicable to the challenges they face.
"I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game." - Tom Landry
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