Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Fifth Essential in Project Management: The Project Team


By Russell Whitworth
This article is part of a series. You can find the previous article here.
In the first four keys we have established our business objectives, engaged our stakeholders, agreed a scope, and planned a delivery. Now the focus of the project manager should turn to enabling the team to deliver.
It is really important to understand that it is the team that delivers, not the project manager. From this it follows that the project manager works for the team and not vice-versa. True leadership is about vision and purpose – and enabling the team to succeed.
So who is the “team”? Whereas when defining stakeholders it is good to take a very wide view (everyone impacted), I prefer to be more focused when it comes to the team. The team is the set of resources that are directly under the control of the project manager.

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