Explore how to motivate and manage project team members.
- As a project manager, you rely on your team members to get things done and achieve the project objectives. You have to motivate the people who work on your project, even though they usually report directly to someone else. In this video I'll share with you eight methods you can use to strengthen your working relationships and motivate your team members. First, clearly communicate roles and responsibilities to your team members.
You can build your relationships with your team members by helping them understand what their responsible for and what you expect of them. Second, give people specific and achievable goals. Challenging, though achievable goals, can be very motivating. Team members usually dig deeper to respond to the challenges you set. Third, provide support and help remove obstacles that get in the way.
If your people can't resolve issues or remove obstacles, help them in any way you can. That way they can focus on the work their supposed to do. Fourth, respect your people. They're crucial components to your project because project work wouldn't get done without them. Being respectful builds good relationships, motivates your people, and helps you get the best your team has to offer.
Fifth, provide feedback quickly. Providing positive reinforcement quickly helps build rapport and ensures that people do more of what works well. If someone does something wrong, jump in quickly to explain what they should be doing in a tactful way. Another important method is to consistently tell the truth. By telling the truth you will earn people's trust, even if they don't like what they hear.
If you can, explain why you're making the request or decisions that you do. Next, communicate regularly with team members. Status and lessons learned meetings are great ways to find out about what people are doing and how well they're doing it. And of course, comparing their progress to the baseline shows whether they're as productive as they should be. Finally, handle people problems quickly if they do come up.
The answer could be as simple as telling someone what they're supposed to do or explaining the effect they're having on others. It's important to be up front while at the same time being tactful and respectful. If it turns out that someone isn't qualified to perform his or her assignment, consider adding time or money, or finding other people to help, or even take over. In this situation, look at your work packages and requests to functional managers to make sure you define them clearly.
If you have to replace someone, work with the functional manager to get someone else. If you can't replace the person, you might have to reset stakeholder's expectations for schedule, budget, scope, or quality. Leadership is one of the most important characteristics of a project manager. By using the techniques described in this video, you can build effective working relationships and motivate your people.
To learn more about managing the people on your project, watch Bob McGannon's course Managing Project Teams.
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
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- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
Project Management Foundations: Communicationwith Doug Rose1h 47m Appropriate for all
Project Management Foundations: Budgetswith Bob McGannon1h 11m Appropriate for all
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
How to develop requirements4m 19s
4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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