Project Team Creation

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A team consists of a diverse group of team members that share the task of decision making and are tasked with solving problems and issues. The team's structure consists of a group and a leader who will promote teamwork and cooperation while providing the structure.

Teamwork begins with the collaboration of people from different disciplines. Each member has to demonstrate courtesy to each of his teammates and respect the views of one another. All participants must be willing to share their ideas, but remain open minded while listening to the others express their ideas and opinions even though they may be different from another team members. An open minded teammate can effectively criticize, critique or expand through discussion the ideas or views that are presented. In order to achieve a given teams productive outcome, there has to be teammates that will raise questions regarding the teams direction. They must be willing to challenge and disagree with others, including the team leader in a constructive manor, avoiding destructive conflicts.

Successful team performance will depend on how well the team members make use of each others talents in developing all required information to the project; this will include the adequate consideration of all the ideas and opinions presented during discussions before a proper team decision is derived. The whole point of a team is to draw on each others knowledge and expertise.

Creating a successful team is not something that happens over night. It takes hard work and commitment and can sometimes be a painful process. Even a struggling team can become a successful one. Some techniques to developing a team are: establishing a clear, compelling direction, creating an appropriate structure, selecting the right people, supporting the team, and providing opportunities for development.

To establish clear and compelling direction, team members must...