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Research conducted in 2000 and
based on an analysis of
30,000 IT projects indicated
28 percent of projects were delivered on time, on budget, and within
spec. It also revealed 23 percent of projects fail or were cancelled.
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According to the “Wizard of Whenã”,
if project team members have worked together before then the project may
start well. Team members who have worked on team projects before will
already be familiar with team problem solving and participatory
decision-making and will see working on team as a motivating factor in their
and others’ contribution to the project. However, if some of the team
members have not worked together or been part of a team before, the project
manager may want to consider if there is need for any team training or
team-building activities to help the members work together. If the team has
not worked together before, in their first team meeting, members will need
to establish conduct guidelines for personal and group behavior.
Working as a team, the members should find they produce better project
results in an effective manner.
Often project team members have expertise in similar projects because more
experienced members will help insure the project stays on schedule.
However, working on a project with a coach or mentor who has experience can
be a great learning tool for those new to the project’s type of work,
process, service, or product. Additionally, there may be a need for
technical training as well as coaching of less experienced team members.
Project Managers may find a computer tool (Learning Management System, or
Project Management application, or Spreadsheet software) for tracking and
budgeting training and/or mentoring hours on projects.
According to the “Wizard of Whenã”,
rewards and recognition should be built into the project. Individual
rewards can be as simple as a thank you or “pat on the back”. Group awards
can take the form of project celebrations. These may occur upon completion
of the overall project or small celebrations may occur during implementation
of the project. Implementation celebrations typically will coincide with
phase completion or when milestones are accomplished. Celebrations may be
included in the project budget or they may be team-sponsored activities.
Either way, determine what appropriate celebrations are and when to conduct
them. The celebrations may be having a small party with snacks, doing a
potluck lunch, going out to lunch, or having dinner as a group.
see a unique idea for project celebrations, click on the URL below to go to
the February 2006 article "100 Things as Project Motivation" from the
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)** newsletter.
** The Dallas Chapter of ASTD focuses on best
practices and local trends that professionals will find informative, useful,
and applicable to the challenges they face.
believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary
confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game."
Wizard of When units available in:
full-length courses or 1 hour topic seminars.
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