Team building is truly a fine art. Effective team building is a skill — it’s having the ability to turn a group of individuals into a strong and organized system of people who are eagerly chasing a common goal. The importance of team building is difficult to overestimate; the human factor is still king, no matter what sphere we are talking about. An ability to form an effective team is probably one of the most important key competencies of a successful project manager.
You’ll never accomplish those great goals on your own — you need a team behind you. And that’s exactly why, as a project manager, building a team is something you’ll have to do on a regular basis. There are plenty of strategies and general tips out there on how to make your team more effective, where to find the right people, what leadership style to pick, and more.
Here at Scotch & Ramen, we have a fabulous team and we wanted to share with you some of the things we’ve learned along the way about team building.
The essentials of rocking a fabulous team are:
1. Clear Deliverables.
This is the first and main thing that keeps the team working together productively. Motivation is not all about the money. People should know what and who they work for, and they should understand the value that their contribution brings to the project. If the end goal is clarified for each member, the likelihood of achieving it significantly increases.
2. Communication is key.
If you want to get the job done as efficiently and effectively as possible, ensure that communication is clear and open throughout every stage. There should be regular meetings during the project, and you should take the time afterward to assess how things went and explore where opportunities for improvement exist. The team should be interconnected and aware of any changes in terms, goals, expectations, documentation, etc. to ensure they can pivot and adjust to these changes accordingly.
3. Distributing the roles and responsibilities.
As soon as the team is formed, make sure that you’ve clarified the tasks of each member to ensure that everyone knows his or her zone of responsibility. Translating the performance of individuals into the team’s overall performance establishes the foundation for a solid project. Similar to a puzzle, you need to get the right pieces in the right places in order to see the complete picture.
4. Getting the right people to do their job.
On the surface, this may seem obvious — but sometimes it’s really difficult. Finding the right people means evaluating not only their professional performance but their human qualities, too. Often referred to as soft skills, it’s essential that you find people with the right personalities to fit into your organization’s culture. The project manager should pay attention to how well this person works as part of the team, and look for things like good communication skills, ability to learn and adapt, and more.
5. You should act as a team outside the workplace.
In order to make your team stronger and more cohesive, you should interact with each other outside of the office. This can come in many forms and often includes team-building activities. Even when most of your staff work remotely, it doesn’t take too much effort to have everyone hop on a call to connect each week — that’s something we do every Monday. When the whole team learns to understand each other and begins to know one another on a personal level, they work together in a more natural and productive way.
So there you have it. Do you have any other tips we should add to this team-building list? Let’s hear them!