Situational Factors In Managing A Project Team And Project Management

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Managing a project team is actively managing the team to ensure that the work is being done to accomplish a project. A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result (Gray, Larson, 2014, pg. 6). The project team actually does the project while the project manager manages the project. Managing human resources is probably one of the most complex areas as people can be unpredictable, can give rise to an expected conflict, the level of their morale can go up or down, and also of course for either personal or professional reasons, some may leave the project in an unplanned manner (PMP Mastery, 2016).
There are characteristics that teams must have to exhibit positive synergy, and they will result in high-performing
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Having 10 or fewer members per team may not happen, because many projects require more than 10 members. Members volunteer to serve on a team, but in a lot of organizations the managers pick the members. Members work on the entire project and they are full time, but team members may have to move in and out of the project and be part time in order to improve resources. There are other factors and they all need to be recognized and the team should try to the best with each limitation. Members report only to the project manager, but in some cases team members report to different managers. Team members and managers should recognize any situational constraints and do the best they can. Every team will not be a high-performance …show more content…
There will be disagreements over priorities, allocation of resources, the quality of specific work, solutions to discovered problems and so forth (Gray, Larson, 2014, pg. 394). Functional conflicts should be encouraged and dysfunctional conflict has to be managed. Members should be able to express when they are dissatisfied, but should make sure that the conflict is functional and helps the project. If the conflict is dysfunctional it is more challenging trying to manage it. Managers should always establish the foundation for functional conflict.
Often times within a project a team may lose focus, and the project manager should do what needs to be done to get the team back on track. Sometimes formal actions have to be taken and sometimes informal, but regardless of the action, you have to do something. Sometimes you can hire someone on the outside but this does not always improve the relationship within the team. Team-building techniques can be used and you can discuss the problems and find several solutions to the problem. It is of vast importance to ensure that the team gets back on track and the project is

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