Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video The analysis-oriented work style, part of Project Management Foundations: Teams.
As the saying goes, you can always build a better mouse trap. To make sure you know when a better mouse trap is possible, turn to your analyst team members. Let's talk about the characteristics of your analyst team members. First and foremost, analyst-style team members are the people who will look through numerous alternatives and help you decide which path is best to pursue. Of primary concern to most analysts is ensuring that all possibilities for achieving a project objective have been explored.
Next, your analyst team members will constantly seek a better way. They typically ask 'what about' questions in their dialogue and consistently try to find the cheapest, quickest, and highest-quality solution to a problem. Determining how things might be performed more elegantly, and how the resources available to the project will be deployed in the most efficient fashion are things the analyst typically enjoys doing. After determining the better way, analysts can be very useful in guiding the requirements collection team to obtain additional information or provide expanded options to your client.
Analysts also can suggest alternate business approaches that can improve project outcomes. As the project progresses, the analysis-minded team members will typically perform research and as they complete tasks, they'll look for shortcuts or other means to achieve project goals more quickly. This will often include omitting steps or tasks that aren't necessary, or combining tasks to increase efficiency. Your analyst team members can be invaluable when you're in a pinch and things aren't working.
The analysis-oriented members of your team can serve as the answer-finders for your project, either as a leader or facilitator of other team members. They're typically enthused about checking with people in other businesses or associations to seek possibilities for resolving project issues. Their work will help you get through technical and procedural drawbacks on your project. Lastly, your analysis team members are adept at change management. They typically adjust to changes in the project as change presents opportunities to do what analysts do best, examine alternatives.
Unlike other work preference types, the analyst enjoys a bit of ambiguity now and then, as it gives them a chance to explore new options to progress the project or solve a problem. There are also a couple of characteristics that you should watch for as you manage your analyst team members. First, your analyst-minded team members can become uncomfortable in situations where the approach to accomplish objective is fixed, and no time is allocated to investigate better approaches.
Second, although analyst team members usually make things easier, they can overwork their analysis style. In this case, they can become too zealous about finding alternatives, and can be slow to make a recommendation. Constantly wanting to find something better or more efficient, they hesitate to reveal their recommendations because they aren't done discovering possibilities. In this case, it is important that you provide clear deadlines to the analyst-style team member as a means of ensuring they understand that part of the effectiveness of a solution is to have it in place on time.
A valuable part of your project team, the analysts help you see the way through various alternatives to help you discover project success.
Along the way, discover how to negotiate for key resources, appreciate and maximize individual working styles, use emotional intelligence to add a personal approach to your management style, and resolve conflict.
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- Understanding the four key work styles
- Negotiating for your team
- Sharing a common objective
- Making team rules
- Directing the team
- Solving team conflicts<br><br>
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