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Fixing a Dysfunctional Project Team – Gantthead Article

March 24, 2011

Project Managers are frequently brought in to take over troubled projects.  Gantthead’s article Fixing a Dysfunctional Project Team, gives some helpful advice to get project teams focused and back on track.   Your thoughts?

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  1. March 25, 2011 12:21 pm

    Fixing a Dysfunctional Project Team is an interesting and helpful article that covers a lot of ground. Also, it can be applied much more broadly than the project team. If I’m going to be critical it would be that it does not make reference to the organisational context. For instance, in some organisations it would not be possible to replace people so readily. Maybe this has something to do with differences in US and UK employment law? Nonetheless, I totally agree with the message around time boxing and a sense of urgency. In other words, making decisions and getting on with the job.

    • March 26, 2011 12:13 pm

      Martin,
      Thanks for your feedback. I would agree that many resources for Project Managers would apply in other areas, both personal and professional. In most organizations, it is not easy to readily replace people, which is why Project Managers need to keep their interpersonal skills honed. I am not fully versed on employment law in the UK, but US employment law varies from state to state. On projects, we are often given team members with varying degrees of willingness and ability to do the work required to complete the project. Our challenge is to get the best work from the team, while navigating these variances. As Project Managers, we are educating our teams and organizations as we manage projects, to improve processes and to better understand the value of project management.

      Regards,
      Margaret

  2. March 1, 2013 10:24 pm

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a co-worker who had been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually bought me breakfast because I stumbled upon it
    for him… lol. So allow me to reword this.
    … Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the
    time to talk about this subject here on your website.

    • March 1, 2013 11:11 pm

      Veronica,

      Glad you found the post valuable and got a meal out of it. Thanks for the feedback.

      Margaret

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