Development Cooperation Handbook/How do we manage the human resources of programmes and projects?/Manage the Project Team

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One of the many responsibilities of a Project Manager is to enhance the ability of each Project Team member to contribute to the project, while also fostering individual growth and accomplishment. At the same time, each individual must be encouraged to share ideas and work with others toward a common goal.


Getting work done in teams requires managing both the task (what we do) and the process (how we do it). Some of the task related functions include fair work distribution. This is important because team members would like to think the work is fairly shared. Because effective teams also share in the rewards, unfair allocation of work will affect the team in a negative way.

  1. Internal communication within the project teams is to meet their four major communication needs:
  2. Responsibility of each team member for different parts of the project
  3. Coordination information that enables team members to work together efficiently
  4. Status information tracking the progress, identifying problems and enabling team members to take corrective action
  5. Authorization information - decisions made by beneficiaries, sponsors, and upper management - that relates to the project and its project/programme purpose environment, and enables the team members to keep all project decisions synchronized.

Internal communications happen primarily through team meetings, memos, voice mail, and e-mail. Project managers need to be able to write, speak, and listen well, lead meetings and resolve conflicts effectively. See also Project communication management)

Tools[edit]

Templates[edit]

Swiss sknife.png Applicant employee evaluation form
Swiss sknife.png Staff Activity Forecast and Report
Swiss sknife.png Interpersonal skill assessment
Swiss sknife.png Employee Performance Review – Peer Review
Swiss sknife.png Performance appraisal forms

Guidelines[edit]

Swiss sknife.png Key Questions for Establishing the Team Organization
Swiss sknife.png How to reach an agreement on the Employee Performance Objectives
Swiss sknife.png How to manage motivated and effective teams
Swiss sknife.png How to recognize if Team Building is successful
Swiss sknife.png How to check the level of togetherness in a team
Swiss sknife.png Measures to make teams more performing
Swiss sknife.png The 5 steps of team creation
Swiss sknife.png Checklist for Identifying Performance Problems

Swiss sknife.png Why do organisations need to plan and manage their communication?
Swiss sknife.png How team members can improve overall project communication
Swiss sknife.png Measures to make teams more performing
Swiss sknife.png Required characteristics of the project manager
Swiss sknife.png The 10 Project Management Guiding Principles

See also[edit]

In other sections of this handbook
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg The employee empowering organization
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Manage the Performance of Project Team Members
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Team Conflict Management
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Decision Making in Groups
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Leading and Managing
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Team Conflict Management
Ezra Cornell's first book.jpg Decision Making in Groups


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