- For co-located projects, create a team area. Make banners and place people who are working on the same project next to eachother. This encourages communication and can create a better team atmosphere.
- Make it a learning experience. This one was a great experience. This is a great example of how to leverage the strengths of your team members and assign them a supporting role in an area they are interested. They can learn without taking on too much responsibility.
To gauge the progress of the project, use a monthly “team barometer”. This idea was suggested by Joli Mallick, PMP, and I think it is a great one. It’s a great idea. I’d like my thoughts on how to implement this.
- Only 3 questions are required, not more or less.
- Completion of a survey tool or website each month.
- There is no multiple choice. All free-text.
- The questions are generated and input by the head project manager with input from subordinate managers and leads.
- The questions are constantly changing throughout the project. Boring and irrelevant questions are boring. If the questions are different each month, team members feel that their feedback is being used. This should not be used as a way to track communication performance. It is a direct feedback mechanism that allows you to manage projects daily.
- To review the results and discuss the issues and solutions, hold a monthly status meeting.
It would take just a few hours per month to administer, analyze, communicate, and communicate something like the above. It would be worthwhile. This is a Delphi method session that takes place every month to highlight the most important problems and concerns in the project as soon as possible. It should not be difficult for you to justify the time you spend.