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Sense of ownership:An issue of Projects
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One of the issues that i am thrilled with while working a project management team, is the sense of ownership of project team members towards (managing) a project, even if the PM has already given them lectures and training in project management? What makes team member motivates and influence each other to achieve the objectives of a project?
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Keep your team in the loop on how the project is doing. Acknowledge your team for the good work and if the team is not performing well give them a pep talk that we need to step up. Use the word "we" when addressing the team.
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Mar 04, 2018 11:04 AM
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I just hope that the "sense of ownership" if understand well by the project team will help elevate the timely completion of a project. BY the term alone, as if having the project your own, and having it as yours -- you want to make sure that everything is OK and well done.
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They must not be motivated to achieve the objectives of a project. They must be motivated in doing what they must to do. With that said, the next question is: why the must be motivated? When you answer that then you make the first step to understand how to motivate team to do what they have to do.
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Joefil -

Do team members feel that their purpose or calling is addressed through their work? Do they recognize that the project's success will directly tie to their own success? Are they having fun? Are they learning?

If they can't answer "yes" to those questions, they won't be motivated for long...

Kiron
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Mar 04, 2018 11:08 AM
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THAT'S basically "YES", there will continuous learning that is taking place in a project and it doesn't end as long as they part of the company as well.
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Mar 04, 2018 9:53 AM
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Keep your team in the loop on how the project is doing. Acknowledge your team for the good work and if the team is not performing well give them a pep talk that we need to step up. Use the word "we" when addressing the team.
I just hope that the "sense of ownership" if understand well by the project team will help elevate the timely completion of a project. BY the term alone, as if having the project your own, and having it as yours -- you want to make sure that everything is OK and well done.
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Mar 04, 2018 10:23 AM
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Joefil -

Do team members feel that their purpose or calling is addressed through their work? Do they recognize that the project's success will directly tie to their own success? Are they having fun? Are they learning?

If they can't answer "yes" to those questions, they won't be motivated for long...

Kiron
THAT'S basically "YES", there will continuous learning that is taking place in a project and it doesn't end as long as they part of the company as well.
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Keep team members informed & involved, know your team members strong points and use them to enhance team spirit, get team members feedback and incorporate it, involve your team in making decisions, get them trained to improve their skill levels.
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The team needs to have a shared goal and common understanding of the purpose of the project, and believe in the vision as sold by the product owner, project manager, scrum master or whatever leader is tasked with conveying this vision. Once this occurs, and the team goes through their storming phase, they can then "motivate and influence each other to achieve the objectives of a project".
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Some great responses already. Building on these responses:

1. It is critical to define project success and relate the fruits of such success to each individual team member's success;

2. A WIIFM statement should be drawn up for each team member when they onboard the project. They need to be aware that the project will not only "take" from them, but will also enrich their careers (and maybe their lives) by their participation.

3. Complete transparency with team members. They already are stakeholders in the project's success and should be given the authority commensurate to their responsibilities. They should have a vote on project decisions and should be kept aware of the project status at all times.

4. A win-together-fail-together approach needs to be encouraged.

For example, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, one of India's most memorable Presidents and the spearhead of India's nuclear program told us this story at an event: Dr. Kalam was a project director in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Whenever a launch was successful, he would position his team members in front of the Press. They would bask in the glory of the success (while he enjoyed it from the background). Whenever a launch failed, Dr. Kalam, himself, would step up and face the fire. He would protect his team from brickbats but he would let them know in the background that the entire team has failed together.

Of course, none of these are sure-fire "tactics". There will always be the prima donnas and the demotivated sulkers. The presence of such team members ensures that we, as PMs, really earn our respective salaries.

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