Project Management

3 Ways You Can Find People for Your Team

The pieces have pretty much all fallen into place for you as you start working on your new project. Except there’s one problem: You don’t have a team yet. There are a number of ways to explore solving this issue though. In a post for Project Management Tips, Elizabeth Harrin outlines the three different routes that may be open to you for this process:

  1. Negotiating with managers
  2. People are assigned
  3. People are acquired

Talent Search for Success

Finding people from the resource pool of your company requires talking to the right people. You’ll need to have an in-depth conversation about the work with managers, perhaps begging if necessary to get access to the people you need for worthwhile hours. The gentle hounding can greatly pay off though, and if you are effective enough in promoting the project, some people may actually want to volunteer for the project.

But you may not always have the freedom to choose your team and instead have one assigned to you. Senior managers might decide teams based on what they already know about available people and their skill sets. They also know which of your people that clients have enjoyed (or hated) working with in the past and form teams accordingly. Their making the decisions can be good or bad for you. Depending on where you fall in the company food chain, you might have some more pull in deciding who you get added to your team. Make use of that pull where you have it. After all, it is your project and you will be the one working closely with the individuals selected.

Sometimes you just can’t find the right people for the job internally. You can go the route of buying a specialist contract resource if the need is only short-term. And you can always use the technology available to work with off-shore talent. Harrin says that another route can be explored through utilizing a subcontractor:

The other alternative is that a whole chunk of your project is passed to a subcontractor. They will then interface with you as the leader for the whole piece, but take responsibility for resourcing the many tasks that will now fall under their remit.

Remember to get contracts in place for anyone you secure externally, so that you each know what is expected and you have some protection should the work or their contribution not proceed as you had hoped.

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