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How to Build a High-Performance Project Team

The challenge – get a product to market before the competitor. The solution – create a high-performing project team. As a project manager, the day may come when the profitability of an entire company hinges upon your efforts. Don’t panic! Instead, let’s review the advice of Duncan Haughey writing for ProjectSmart on some simple rules for creating the perfect team.

Roles & Goals

What is a high-performing team if not one that values honesty, openness, and punctuality? It is also one that possesses a culture of high performance – not just for certain projects but over the course of many projects and on a day-to-day basis. Any reluctance to change will hinder the performance of a team that ought to be supported by subject matter experts, with all members tied together around a common goal. That being said, it’s important for your team to have distinct and separate roles and an actionable set of goals that can be worked toward in definitive steps. Too much of anything is never good, and that axiom also applies to group harmony. Performance relies on a range of skills and a diversity of viewpoints all striving toward continuous improvement.

The Individual

Remember the three Ds of desire, dedication, and determination. To move forward, each member of the team has to actually want to see the goal achieved. They must consistently apply themselves to that goal without distraction, and when the going gets tough, they need the determination to dig their heels in and go for the prize. Winning teams are comprised of individuals who always strive to be their best, who think long-term, and who choose to take action in the face of adversity. Such individuals aren’t always the best and brightest, but they are strategic, always playing to their own unique strengths while downplaying their shortcomings.

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About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI’s Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master’s degree in communications at Penn State University.

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