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what is your biggest challange in managing team?
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Quite often we get initial denial from the team when trying to bring new change or when you shake them from their comfort zone.

What other challenges have you faced?
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Inadequate skills related to the project because lack of the training, lack of team members' responsibility which can bring a project to a complete halt condition and poor communication.
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Jun 07, 2018 2:42 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Ghareman, thanks for your feedback that;s why it is always good to identify the required training to enhance the team ability to achieve required targets
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Few challenges I have faced-
- Team members are talking in regional language which I was unable to understand, had to push them to talk in English.
- Not updating tasks/efforts in Agile project management tool
- Not collaborating as a team. My work is done kind of attitude doesn't help
- Unplanned leaves
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2 replies by Ajay Kaushik and Riyadh Salih
Jun 06, 2018 11:23 AM
Ajay Kaushik
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If the KPI's are well documented for team members and they know that non adherence will lead to impact on Ratings eventually on career progresstion and monetary growth The carrot and stick .mechanism works well along with the monthly one on one meetings with each of the team members can work wonders.
The meeetings shouldn't be adhocs, all shoud come from calendars.

Exceptions will always exist so take the call bassed on your EQ.

Regards,
Jun 07, 2018 2:47 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Sonali, you have a point here if that an acceptable to communicate among them self with local language or not, it confusing communicating with you must be done in a common language all parties can understand it but among them self to prevent that might enter into discrimination against certain race
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And there are some laws in the countries like Germany which prevents the manager from taking the daily follow-ups and all
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Jun 07, 2018 1:59 PM
Riyadh Salih
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Akhilesh, can you elaborate more on that
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Often I find it is very difficult to monitor individuals' performance in the project world. As so often the activities are things that have not been done before (by the nature of projects), it can be almost impossible to know how long it should take someone to do. Over time you do recognise wide variations in people's productivity, but by then it can be too late.

Of coure, you can always try micro manageing people, but we all know how that just tends to lead to disasters.
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1 reply by Adrian Carlogea
Jun 06, 2018 5:18 PM
Adrian Carlogea
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In some industries such as IT and especially in software development is nearly impossible to accurately estimate the time needed to complete the project tasks. And more than that you need to have deep technical knowledge in order to truly evaluate the performance of a technical expert. You can't evaluate a person just by seeing if he/she has finished his/her tasks in the defined time frame.

Regarding micromanagement it can work in some circumstances but only if you are a very good technical expert and you are able to give concrete instructions to the team members on how to perform the work faster. If by micromanagement you mean just asking for status very frequently and dragging your team members in many and long meetings this would not work.
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Lack of communication amongst each other.
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Jun 07, 2018 2:52 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Rami, good point that's why Tuckman ladder comes here that after forming the team they have the storming then norming and performing let them storm till get to norm then you intervene as needed if this point persist then it is very dangerous for the result as the team will not be able to work and perform
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Not going in the same direction, a team needs to know where it is going or what it is contributing to the organization vision.
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Jun 07, 2018 2:53 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Anish, that's why we need to maintain transparency in communication, good point thanks
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Jun 06, 2018 2:49 AM
Replying to Sonali Malu
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Few challenges I have faced-
- Team members are talking in regional language which I was unable to understand, had to push them to talk in English.
- Not updating tasks/efforts in Agile project management tool
- Not collaborating as a team. My work is done kind of attitude doesn't help
- Unplanned leaves
If the KPI's are well documented for team members and they know that non adherence will lead to impact on Ratings eventually on career progresstion and monetary growth The carrot and stick .mechanism works well along with the monthly one on one meetings with each of the team members can work wonders.
The meeetings shouldn't be adhocs, all shoud come from calendars.

Exceptions will always exist so take the call bassed on your EQ.

Regards,
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Jun 07, 2018 2:55 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Ajay, thanks for your feedback
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The most frequent challenge I face is a lack of focus due to team members being stretched too thin across multiple projects or a combination of project & operational work.

Kiron
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2 replies by Adrian Carlogea and Riyadh Salih
Jun 06, 2018 5:22 PM
Adrian Carlogea
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I understand you perfectly but this is one of the advantages of using projects and project management and that is efficient use of resources. For example if you have a very good expert in a certain field you would want to use him as much as possible for all the projects in which his expertise would be extremely important.
Jun 07, 2018 2:57 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Kiron, I agree with you many times we have experienced this kind of issue.
Thanks for pointing out
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Jun 06, 2018 6:42 AM
Replying to Tim PM
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Often I find it is very difficult to monitor individuals' performance in the project world. As so often the activities are things that have not been done before (by the nature of projects), it can be almost impossible to know how long it should take someone to do. Over time you do recognise wide variations in people's productivity, but by then it can be too late.

Of coure, you can always try micro manageing people, but we all know how that just tends to lead to disasters.
In some industries such as IT and especially in software development is nearly impossible to accurately estimate the time needed to complete the project tasks. And more than that you need to have deep technical knowledge in order to truly evaluate the performance of a technical expert. You can't evaluate a person just by seeing if he/she has finished his/her tasks in the defined time frame.

Regarding micromanagement it can work in some circumstances but only if you are a very good technical expert and you are able to give concrete instructions to the team members on how to perform the work faster. If by micromanagement you mean just asking for status very frequently and dragging your team members in many and long meetings this would not work.
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1 reply by Riyadh Salih
Jun 07, 2018 2:58 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Adrian, Thanks for your good points
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Jun 06, 2018 2:49 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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The most frequent challenge I face is a lack of focus due to team members being stretched too thin across multiple projects or a combination of project & operational work.

Kiron
I understand you perfectly but this is one of the advantages of using projects and project management and that is efficient use of resources. For example if you have a very good expert in a certain field you would want to use him as much as possible for all the projects in which his expertise would be extremely important.
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Jun 06, 2018 6:05 PM
Kiron Bondale
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And what of the cost of context switching? I recognize that certain skills are in high demand and low supply but this is where non-solo work or finding other ways to build "bench strength" are needed to improve throughput. We need to move away from prioritizing the maximization of resource utilization to maximizing delivered business value...
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