Project Management

Topic Teasers Vol. 140: New Year, New Team Rules

Heartland Nebraska / Iowa Chapter

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Due to my special skill sets, I am often asked to move between teams, most of them virtual. Since each team functions differently (especially as we try to survive by being more flexible and responsive to the customer and also work from home), I find it difficult to remember how each team interacts and how to know the unspoken rules they use to run their projects and their online meetings. Is there any method that a team can use so that members, plus those of us who come in and out as needed, know how to adjust our behavior—and how they can standardize their own​?

A. With the new upcoming PMBOK® Guide, PMI is setting up specific behaviors that must be done by all teams, no matter where they work in an organization. If you can hold out until it is released, you will find identical expectations no matter where you work in your own organization or in customer companies.

B. In today’s world, projects are much too complex to be done by one internal team. So, in order to keep the communication flowing between team members and others in the value stream, it has become crucial to hire an outside consultant to guide the behaviors of the team and to remind members who float between teams the required behaviors as they show up for work…

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