Project teams blog causes a stir

 Yes, my blog called Project management teams – how are yours “selected” caused a real stir on Linkedin. I had 11 responses from people and here are some of their comments (annotated for easy reading):

Chuck suggested using software. He just happened to have the ‘right one’ available. I said: I cannot see any value whatsoever in using software.

He did however suggest that project managers may not be aware of the micro issues that influence team selection which Daniel agreed with. He went on to suggest there is often not enough understanding of project complexity and politics and agreed with my assertion that more rigour is needed in selection of project team members

Bob quotes Renee Speitel  of Compaq who said at a conference in Singapore “Remember, availability is not a job skill”

Bill disagreed saying it is a bona-fide occupational qualification when it comes to being assigned to a team. “Organizations must often make compromises. I have never heard of an organization that always had the perfect mix of skills available to staff its projects, nor have I ever heard of one that had the money to hire or contract to address all shortfalls. Let me pose this question: why do PMs assume that they have the necessary skills, but their team members don’t? Did it ever occur to you that you were assigned to this project primarily because YOU were available?”

Bob made an interesting point when he said: “but too often we plan the project as if we had the right people. Allowances should be made for people to make mistakes. But instead PM’s are forced in to unrealistic schedules and budgets, and requests for training and contingency allowances fall on deaf ears.”

Chuck returned asking a realistic question; who chooses the project team – the project manager or the PMO. He suggested the project manager does not have the big picture

Elung said he had frank discussions with line managers on finding the right person for the task

Greg added a new suggestion: “If a PMO or some other entity outside of you selects the team, and you do not know all of the team members or their skill sets, you interview the team and others to build that understanding. After you have a clearer picture of your “available” resources you shop for what you’re lacking. The great thing about being PMs is that we can be as creative as necessary to get the job done. No single road map fits every situation and flexibility is the name of the game.”

The debate then moved off key with discussions on ROI though Chuck brought it back by saying if ROIs are calculated on all projects there are two benefits: one it’s clear which projects have priority and also inferior projects get killed freeing resources for valuable projects – leaving you to have more options for project team selection.

This is what was said on Linkedin. Want to know more then do join…it’s free.

But, what do you say? Why not comment on how you see project teams being selected? 


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