What is the role of a project team member on any project
Managing a project can be a stressful experience. When you have a team of people working to create a singular product all of them need to be focused on that goal. Any weak links in the chain will negatively impact the finished product.
What’s more is that in many cases those people need to have multiple skill sets. Individuals who have a one-track mind when it comes to their work will often be poor performers on these teams because they either are unable or unwilling to put on a new hat and pick up the slack.
This means that choosing people for your team can be a real challenge, and so in this article, we’ll be talking about what the role of a project team member actually entails. We’ll also talk about how you can identify these people and add them to your team.
What should be expected of team members?
Every project will require a certain number of team members. Exactly how many and what those people do will depend on the scope of the project. As the team’s manager, it will be up to you to make sure everyone is on the same page and to make sure everyone is on track.
Knowing exactly what should be expected of these team members and creating a plan around that is your first step to successful project management. You should know exactly what every person on your team is responsible for.
More importantly, you should make sure that they know what their responsibilities entail. Most of these employees will have a specialty which they were hired for. They should also be able to manage their own time and report back to you on their progress.
If you’re in charge of selecting the people on your team, then it would be in your best interest to make sure you choose someone who is capable of managing themselves. This is especially true if you have other responsibilities besides just managing the team because you will likely have little time to walk them through every single problem.
Team Member Responsibilities
- Contributes to project objectives
- Provides expertise in their chosen field
- Complete their individual tasks
What should be expected of you?
Have you also thought about what your team members will expect from you? If you’re the team leader then it’s important that you’re aware of your own responsibilities. If this is your first time managing a team then this could be a little overwhelming.
You’ll be responsible for making sure the entire project stays on track. This means creating the initial plan, organizing everything, leading the rest of the team when needed, monitoring their progress and communicating with everyone any changes or issues which might pop up.
Your team members look to you for leadership when something isn’t going right. You can minimize any incidents by making sure that you fulfill your own responsibilities and by giving team members a clear blueprint to follow.
Everyone should know what comes next, and that responsibility falls to you. Creating a good blueprint for them to follow will save you from needing to individually respond to every person when they need to know what to do next.
Project Manager Responsibilities
- Planning the project
- Organizing the workflow
- Leading other team members
- Monitoring the team’s progress
- Communicating with the team
How to choose good team members
A team is only as good as its weakest link, and you should make sure that your team is as strong as possible. This means choosing people who have certain qualities both professional and personality wise that will be useful to your project.
Your first step should be to create a plan. You’ll need to take a moment to map out your project. What skills will you need to complete it? Who could provide you with valuable expertise that would make this project a success?
While expertise is, of course, your number one priority, you should also consider people who have certain personality traits which could be useful to you. There may be a room full of people at your disposal who are excellent coders but how many of them are also great leaders?
Leadership skills are worth their weight in gold for project managers and if you choose team members who have them then they can take a lot off your plate. These individuals are not only self-starters but they’re also not afraid to jump in and keep everyone else on track if they see someone getting burnt out or lost.
When it’s crunch time and you’re stressed beyond belief, you’ll be thankful that you have individuals like this at your side. If you’re choosing people from inside your company then it should be clear who takes this kind of initiative.
However, if you’re hiring outside members for your team this can be a little tougher. When interviewing them you’ll have to pull out information which could lead you to believe that they could fill this role for you.
You should also look for people who can wear multiple hats and are capable of picking up the slack if things get tough. There are people who are excellent employees when it comes to their own work but may react poorly to having to help others.
This isn’t a great attitude for a team setting, because if one person fails everyone fails. You’re looking for team members who are invested in the success of your project and won’t sweat having to help out their co-worker when things get tough.
After deciding exactly what kind of team members you need, you can then use these insights to start mapping out the project and the responsibilities you’ll have to delegate to people. It helps to actually draw this out on paper to make sure everything is covered.
In closing, while being a first-time project manager is no walk in the park, it is something you can succeed at if you prepare. Proper planning and knowing how to create a stellar team can create a path to success for anyone who needs to manage a project. Sign up for Project Central to learn how to make planning your project easier.