now maybe you’re thinking,
I know all about projects. We’ve got more project teams
around here than I can count. And they’re teams of
good, hard-working people. But we’re still not getting
anything done the way it needs to get done or in the time
we need it. What I need must be too big, too complex, or
too something, because it’s not happening. What used
to work around here isn’t working anymore.
project teams the wrong answer?
No. But ineffective teams are.
A project team that hasn’t bonded around its project,
that hasn’t conducted focused stakeholder interviews,
and that hasn’t built a realistic detailed project plan
doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work. They may be
a group of competent and diligent individuals with the best
of intentions, but…they don’t have a team-built
plan, genuine agreement, and a clear goal. Instead, each
person is delivering what they think you want, each one
about what needs to be done.
And they have team meetings
or maybe they don’t. And they bring you a hammer when you
need a nail. And they’re excited and proud. You don’t
want to demoralize them. So you try to tell them again about
that nail you need, without becoming the enemy.
And you think,
maybe I’ll get lucky.
somebody else will do it.
Maybe a management class will
But you wind up frustrated because
rocking the boat doesn’t
work. Playing along doesn’t work. You start to think – nothing