We’re used to IT systems failing us. When it happens, we assess the situation, pinpoint the problem, and attempt to fix it. It’s not always so straightforward when the problem is with people. Nevertheless, we’re all human and trouble with occasionally pop up no matter how great a team you surround yourself with.
Ego Clashes, Procrastination, and Accountability
Krishna Kumar identifies the five human hurdles that project managers should look out for, and what to do about them. First there are ego clashes. To fix these you first need to check your own ego at the door, and remember it’s not about you but about your team. Then there’s procrastination, which always affects at least one person on the team more than others. To remedy this, try setting daily deadlines that everyone has to meet.
Poorly Defined Roles, Lack of Communication
Also, look out for poorly defined roles, and define them quickly before someone gets taken advantage of. Finally, look out for lack of communication and lack of motivation. Both are red flags that significantly lower the quality and quantity of work produced. Get to know every member of your team, and when you find yourself approaching one of these human hurdles, you’ll have the strength to sail straight over it.
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