Projects are driven by the people involved -- even the best laid plans will fail if the people assigned are not empowered to perform or properly tasked to get the job done. How can you know when your project team is ready - not just to begin, but also to succeed? Read on for more.
One of the most important tasks for any project manager is to ensure that a project is properly staffed, and that the project team has all the resources necessary to deliver success. In order to properly assess project team readiness, you must first clear two basic assumptions:
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Having cleared the two (2) hurdles listed above, the task of assessing “team readiness” can begin. This evaluation is achieved using a series of twelve (12) primary questions, designed to measure “readiness” based on resource levels, availability, skills, dependencies, contingencies, training and related variables. The whole point of this exercise is to attempt to quantify readiness in practical terms, make recommendations and determine associated risks.
Having completed this 12 point assessment you will now be in a better position to answer the basic readiness question. If you determine that readiness is “sufficient”, you are good to go. But what if you have a readiness problem? Project cancellation or postponement may not be an option. In this case, it’s time to turn to some mitigating techniques:
The key to evaluating “team readiness” is the old adage – “knowledge is king (and also power)”. You can’t take steps to fill readiness gaps if you don’t know that a gap exists. Readiness evaluations should take place at the start of any project, and also as the project unfolds, incorporating changes and real-time circumstances into the evaluation process.
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