Articles - Ensuring your team works well

By Manjeet Singh (based on excerpts from the free ProjectMind's quick guide to project management)

Building a team involves much more than just putting the right people together. For a project team to gel and work effectively you need to do the following:

  1. Ensure that the roles and responsibilities of all team members are clearly defined.
  2. Encourage people to think as a group and not as individuals.
  3. Communicate and listen. To be a good communicator, you must be a good listener. Otherwise, your communications may not take into consideration the needs of your team.
  4. Be dependable. Always do what you promised. Nothing saps team moral as much as a manager who does not abide by his or her promises.
  5. Never miss a chance to praise/reward your team or a team member. Always communicate a team member’s achievements to his or her functional manager.
  6. Be enthusiastic. Being positive is infectious, and motivates your team.
  7. Empower your team members by giving them sufficient decision-making power so that they can get their work done. However, ensure that they follow the proper project operation procedures.
  8. Provide training on teamwork if your team is not working well together.
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