Project Management

Tactics for Staying on the Performance Edge

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

When it comes to optimizing workforce performance, what are you prepared to do? To use the latest techniques in your project means you may have to go against mainstream corporate culture or cut a little into the power wielded by certain individuals. Are you ready to do this? Are you ready to be a rebel? If so, then read on.

Recent research and lessons learned have uncovered tactics that accelerate project workforce performance. These include high-tech and low-tech methods and can be grouped into five areas.

Performance Edge Area: Motivation
For motivation, you want to make sure you know what IT workers want now, in this environment. Here are three categories that have been proven important motivators but are often not used well:

  • Give workers more autonomy. Provide as much leeway as appropriate, so think about what is appropriate. Not sure what is appropriate? Take it step by step. First approve their action plan before acting. Later, let them report during actions. Finally, give worker the ability to make their own decisions.
  • Allow workers to achieve mastery. Find ways to make it easy to improve skills even if you don’t need those skills in your project right away.
  • Help workers form a purpose. First, consider the benefits of the project to the organization. Not enough? Involve everyone in corporate charity to get them out of the “…

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