Successful Project Orientation for New PMs

09/06/2015 17:00

Be prepared to discuss your approach to your projects next class. In the meantime, here are good thoughts about managing your team efforts anywhere. Think about it. Being the "PM Lead" in this class confers no grade advantage, but done well, it doesn't mean more work - if you have team agreements in place.

I know you have had much "team training," so I won't belabor this again, but if you have questions about how the suggestions below may be followed through in the real world, let me know so we can discuss.

 This is from a recent Harvard Business Review article, by the way; author is Mary Shapiro. 

Rules of conduct:

  • Clarify what others expect of you, the leader.
  • Make members’ behavior more predictable.
  • Rein in members’ behavior so you won’t have to play “cop” as often.
  • Reduce the amount of time you spend rehashing processes, such as how team decisions are made.
  • Provide criteria for objective feedback and conflict resolution.

Rules of conduct will form and evolve whether you talk about them or not. Without deliberate conversations, you’ll find that unproductive rules crop up as people mimic what you and other influential team members do in practice. If you, the leader, routinely show up five minutes late for meetings, lateness becomes the norm, overriding any notion that punctuality is important. Rules also evolve according to what you reward. By listening to a team member complain about another member, you reward that behavior—you’re giving the complainer your attention. And that kind of ex­change becomes an accepted way of operating, even if the team originally agreed that members should try to resolve conflicts without your intervention.

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