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Welcome to the club Jonathan. Its difficult what we've learned over the past decades in a single piece:-)
I would at that 'Project heroics only lead to project failure'
Heroes only look good in the movies. Trying to apply project heroics to rush a feature into production or thinking that one individual will successfully deliver a project can only lead to failure.
My key takeaway: Build and trust an effective team.
The key to successful projects is to learn from past project failures and to put those lessons learned into action.
Wish you all the best in your journey. Cheers!
You're absolutely right that a single piece of advice or wisdom is unreasonable but I think you totally hit the mark! I really appreciate your thoughtful response. Avoid project heroics and building a trustworthy, trusting team are so valuable.
Question: Generally speaking, what are the first couple of steps that you take to build your teams when starting a new project with a new team?
Anyone else? Would love to hear from more fellow PMs.
To build a successful new team you need to:
1) Clarify project purpose and goals
2) Choose the right people & identify necessary skills
3) Establish rules & expectations
4) Build relationships with each of the team members
6) Monitor progress
7) Celebrate your success(es)
Build a successful team, have them trust you. And trust them, challenge them give them challenge.
Keep on learning
Congrats, just know that everyone's path is different and it's as much about your personal journey than anything else right now.
My best advice; get comfortable being uncomfortable every day.
hi Johathan and welcome to the team,
I'd say there are lots of best practices and lessons that we get learn along the way; and also lots of quotes of wisdom that help as well. Let me highlight some that I think have been very useful to me:
* Build an environment of trust, not only with your team, but also with your stakeholders. And this implies many things:
- for your team, they shouldn't feel afraid of highlighting issues, concerns or risks that they foresee. It's much better to know when you are about to hit a wall, than hit it with your eyes closed. On team meetings I always asks them: is there anything you feel we are missing or doing wrong? do you foresee any risk on this? should we be concerned about anything?
if it is not possible for them to meet a dead line, let them tell you and explain, and then see all of you together what can be done. If there is a mistake (from anyone, you included), acknowledge it, don't focus on culprits, learn from it, and try NOT to make the same error again, as i say to my teams / students, let's make sure all our mistakes are original, never a repeated one! :)
- recognize good work when done, take care of your team.
- don't be afraid of raising risks or flags, and make sure your team is aligned too. The same that applies to you and your team, applies to the business and stakeholders. Personally, when raising a risk I also try to share a mitigation or contingency plan as well, so that they are aware "we anticipate that this may happen" and "we are doing this to try to avoid it" or "we'll do that in case it happens". Personally I feel more comfortable with that approach that keeping risks in mistery (no to "scare people" and them give them a nice shockdown with the issue).
- relatd to the previous one, don't be afraid with highlighting an issue when it has happened. I try to also present the solution or paths we are analysing to fix it as well, when presenting the issue (at least, that way you are conveying the message "this happened, but we are already working to have it fixed and we are taking this steps") so that diminishes "nervousy" regarding the situation. Obviously, you'll have to keep in mind what is the best way to convey the situation to each stakeholder (shall I call this person on the phone, speak to him/her beforehand, shall i call out for a meeting with all and announce there, send a mail, etc). In this kind of situations is particularly where your stakeholder analysis pays off.
On quotes, I really like this one from Walt Disney: "“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.”
I know this was a long response. Hope it helps and that you enjoy your career on Project Management.
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