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Summary

Team development involves a whole spectrum of management skills in integrating the efforts of a diverse mix of project participants from traditional functional organizations. Project managers must enhance their skills in developing cohesive and high performing project teams. Effective team development is also one of the most critical leadership qualities that determines the overall performance and success in a project environment. Final effectiveness of team building and team development depends upon the quality of facilitation provided throughout the process.

In addition to technical directions and management expertise, project managers must coordinate team efforts. They must build a broad-based team, establish a formal leader depending upon the project phase, build and maintain a team spirit, elicit management support and keep the team members informed. They should use their power and authority wisely with more emphasis on influencing and negotiating rather than on using coercion. They should also enhance creativity in problem-solving abilities of the project team by keeping team size small, planning problem solving meetings properly, seeking active and genuine participation from team members, supporting ideas, and making problem solving a “team” issue.


  

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