Project Management

6 Ways You’re Getting Teamwork Wrong

Teamwork can help to inspire innovative ideas, as well as better manage a long project to-do list. However, if you do not know how to use teamwork properly, you could make things worse instead of better. In an article for, Sharon Florentine elaborates on simple ideas that can help maximize the potential of teamwork. There are six areas of flawed teamwork that need some reworking:

  1. Understanding what actually makes a good team
  2. The overemphasis of abstract goals
  3. The under-emphasis of roles
  4. Establishing too many rules
  5. Forgetting to reflect
  6. Team togetherness

Toward a Tighter Team

A collection of people cannot just be thrown together in a room and expected to be successful. Teams must consist of people who will likely work well together in terms of maintaining healthy communication. Likewise, teams work best when there are clearly defined roles for everyone to play. This helps to maintain structure and ultimately keep everyone headed in the same direction. A well-coordinated team can outperform people who just have raw ability at their disposal.

The abstract goals like “change people’s lives” can help inspire people’s personal interest, as well as attract them to join the team in the first place. The problems will begin to arise however when there is too much emphasis on these whimsical ideals and not enough focus on aligning individuals with the project itself, and the project with the business.

Rules help to maintain the structure and the order that you want in your team, but trying to plan for too many little things that may or may not occur could be seen as another form of micromanagement. Constantly looking for potential problems and creating rules will distract from the bigger issue: accomplishing the project.

Biases are sometimes difficult to mask and manage, and they can easily come out when people are forced to work closely together in the team setting. Outcome bias is when you believe that, since everything on a project worked out, there is no reason to reflect on what could have been done better. Even in times of success, the group should reflect and think of ways to improve.

In order for a project to be truly successful, every member of the team needs to be on board with the ideas. Individuals should know what the goal of the team is, but especially why reaching this goal is so important and how they can help the team reap the benefits of success.

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Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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