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Acquiring the Project Team

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Recruiting Team Members - The project manager has to follow the rules of the host organization. The PM must be aware of, and work well with, the levels of authority. If the PM is working within a Functional matrix, then he must be prepared to allow the employee’s functional manager to determine things like availability and the PM must provide feedback to the functional manager regarding performance. The PM has little authority to perform these tasks.


Learn about Project Team Members - When recruiting team members for a project, it’s up to the PM to decide who is brought on. In order to do that properly, the PM should look at:

  • Experience - What is the experience of the project team member? Have they done similar work in the past-and have they done it well?
  • Interest level - Are the project team members interested in working on this project?
  • Characteristics - How will this individual team member work with other project team members?
  • Availability - Will the project team members desired for the project be available? Project managers should confer with functional managers on the availability of the potential team member.
  • Knowledge - What is the competency and proficiency of the available project team members?

Note: Management of the project team is complicated when team members are accountable to both a functional manager and the project manager within a matrix organization. Effective management of this dual reporting relationship is critical to the projects success.

Virtual Teams - A Virtual Team is a group of individuals who work across time, space, and organizational boundaries with links strengthened by webs of communication technology. They have complementary skills and are committed to a common purpose, have interdependent performance goals, and share an approach to work for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Virtual teams allow organizations to hire and retain the best people regardless of location. A virtual team does not always mean tele-worker. Tele-workers are defined as individuals who work from home. Many virtual teams in today's organizations consist of employees both working at home and small groups in the office but in different geographic locations. A key success point for PM’s in a virtual environment is effective communications. The PM will need to take multiple socio-economic factors such as time differences, cultural boundaries, religious boundaries, etc.


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