Any sports coach will tell you that one of the keys to success is having the right people on the team all working toward a common goal. The same holds true of a good project team. Selecting the right group of people for a team is essential to a successful project. With the right balance of necessary departments, personalities and skills, you can create a team that will work efficiently and effectively together. Determining the needed mix for a project team can be challenging, but these tips can help you create a productive, cross-functional team.
Getting the Right People Together
Building the right team has a major impact on the success of the project. It is important to gather all of the stakeholders whose input will influence the direction and ultimately define the goals for the project. In our experience, an effective project team consists of people from marketing, engineering, quality and sourcing. Here are the responsibilities we commonly see each role assume:
Marketing – charged with communicating the needs of the customer to the project team
Engineering – possesses a detailed understanding of the project’s technical requirements
Quality – ensure that the team and project are following company quality procedures and directives
Sourcing – balance the overall cost of the project
Getting all opinions voiced early on in the process allows for a clearly defined statement of work and fewer starts and stops during the project. It keeps scope creep in check and the focus on the timeline rather than design changes.
When you have the right people on your project team from the start, the development process will go more smoothly and achieve the desired outcome.
When your team is ready to tackle a new project, give the MPE team a call.