Nobodys Perfect But A Team Can Be Es

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  • Nobodys Perfect But A Team Can Be Es

    1. 1. Project Management – 3 Lessons Learned “Nobody’s perfect, but a team can be.” Title of an Article by Meredith Belbin, included in a Bates Project Management course taken many years ago Boyd Carter Elegantsolutions.ca November 20 & 21, 2006 Originally presented by Boyd Carter while at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young on December 12, 2001 Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca) www.elegantsolutions.ca
    2. 2. Project Management – 3 Lessons Learned <ul><li>The essence of “TEAM” </li></ul><ul><li>Roles for the team members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designated roles of team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psychological roles of team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimal traits for each role </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Optimal attitude – “R.I.S.E. TEAM” </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca)
    3. 3. 1 - The Essence of “TEAM” <ul><li>&quot;No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it's what his players know that counts.“ </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I'm just a simple plowhand from Arkansas, but I have learned over the years how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm others down, until finally they've got one heartbeat, together, a team.&quot; </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca) Coach Bryant instinctively knew that a team member had two roles, one the designated role of the player; the other, the psychological role the player defaults to under stress. He excelled at managing that psychological role. With three hundred twenty-three career wins, Bryant was lauded as the “winningest” coach in college football history. His leadership was the Alabama Crimson Tide's cornerstone to two hundred thirty-two wins, six national championships, and twenty-three straight bowl appearances.
    4. 4. 2a - Roles for Team Members <ul><li>Plan the Project and select the team based on: </li></ul><ul><li>Project Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Skills Required, Skills Available and Time Constraints </li></ul><ul><li>But Before we finalize the project plan </li></ul><ul><li>Team members must “own” their roles and their time allocations </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore – Role Owners must participate in the planning!!! </li></ul><ul><li>If this is not allowed to happen, the risk must be identified, accepted and contingency added to compensate for a known “unknown” </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca)
    5. 5. 2b - Psychological Roles for Team Members <ul><li>Plant - very creative, the ideas person </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Investigator - extrovert, good at making outside contacts and developing ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor Evaluator - shrewd and prudent, analytical </li></ul><ul><li>Shaper - dynamic and challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Co-ordinator - respected, mature and good at ensuring that talents are used effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Implementer - practical, loyal and task orientated </li></ul><ul><li>Completer Finisher - meticulous and with attention to detail also full of nervous energy </li></ul><ul><li>Team Worker - caring and very person orientated </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist - high technical skill and professional as opposed to organisational prime loyalties </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca)
    6. 6. 2c - Optimal Traits for Each Role <ul><li>Coordinator - respected, mature and good at ensuring that talents are used effectively Traits: Stable Dominant Extrovert Designated Role – Project Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Plant - very creative, the ideas person Traits: Dominant, very high I.Q., introvert Designated Role – Logical Design / JAD Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Investigator - extrovert, good at making outside contacts and developing ideas Traits: Stable, dominant, extrovert Designated Role – Client Interface / User Requirements / User Access </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor Evaluator - shrewd and prudent, analytical Traits: High I.Q., stable, introvert Designated Role – Physical Design </li></ul><ul><li>Shaper - dynamic and challenging Traits: Anxious, dominant, extrovert Designated Role – Team Leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Implementer - practical, loyal and task orientated Traits: Stable and Controlled Designated Role – Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Completer Finisher - meticulous and with attention to detail also full of nervous energy Traits: Anxious, introvert Designated Role – Developers </li></ul><ul><li>Team Worker - caring and very person orientated Traits: Stable, extrovert, low in dominance Designated Role – Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist - high technical skill and professional as opposed to organisational prime loyalties Traits: Very high I.Q., introvert, passive, single-minded Designated Role – Subject Matter Expert </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca)
    7. 7. 2d - Optimal Traits for Combined Roles <ul><li>Coordinator / Shaper Designated Role – Project Manager / Team Leaders Traits: s table dominant, extrovert / anxious, dominant, extrovert </li></ul><ul><li>Implementer / Team Worker Designated Role – Documentation / Administration Traits: stable and controlled / s table, extrovert, low in dominance </li></ul><ul><li>Completer Finisher / Specialist Designated Role – Developers / Subject Matter Experts Traits: anxious, introvert / v ery high I.Q., introvert, passive, single-minded </li></ul><ul><li>Plant / Monitor Evaluator Designated Role – Logical Design / JAD Leader / Physical Design Traits: dominant, very high I.Q., introvert / high I.Q., stable, introvert </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Investigator Designated Role – Client Interface / User Requirements / User Access Traits: stable, dominant, extrovert </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca)
    8. 8. 3 - Optimal attitude – “R.I.S.E. TEAM” (Or How to Manage the Psychological Role) <ul><li>R espect for the Individual </li></ul><ul><li>I ntegrity in Our Dealings With Others </li></ul><ul><li>S tewardship of Resources in our Care </li></ul><ul><li>E xcellence in Everything We Do </li></ul><ul><li>TEAM Principles Must Prevail </li></ul>Copyright © 2006 elegantsolutions.ca www.elegantsolutions.ca (Permission is granted to use unchanged. elegantsolutions.ca)

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