Three steps to improve the productivity of your project team
In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks to a regular guest of Fix My Project Chaos, Nicole Nader, about how to improve the productivity of your project team.
Nicole became a national director of the Australian Institute of Project Management in October 2015.
She is currently a project manager for ASC Shipbuilding and is responsible for the implementation and operation of its project management office, executing strategy, complex problem solving and overseeing risk management.
She has delivered common sense, strategically aligned solutions in the defence industry for more than 10 years and has a number of business and project management qualifications.
Points raised in this podcast:
- Project managers should try to challenge the notion that a project must be managed in a particular way simply because “this is the way it’s always been done”.
- It is important to make sure your team understands just how much work is involved in the project. One way to do this is to create a huge wall calendar for the project that contains every single report, meeting or task due over a three-month period. Non-essential meetings and tasks can then be culled. The calendar can help team members be clear in their responsibilities and where they fit in the timeline of the project.
- Effective stakeholder management will improve the productivity of your project team.
- Regular communication with stakeholders from the beginning can make reporting simpler and faster.
- Top-level support and direction is essential for any kind of cultural change project.
- Identifying ways to mitigate risks early can improve the productivity of your project team.
- Listen to your entire project team. It won’t always be easy to hear different opinions and criticisms, but it will give you a more confident, considered and balanced view of the project.
- Happy people are productive people.
- Avoid micromanaging. As a project manager, you should take a leadership role, rather than getting bogged down in tasks that can be performed by other members of your team.
- Try to recognise wasteful, time-consuming tasks, and help others to see them also.
In another Fix My Project Chaos podcast here, Nicole Nader shares three reasons women should attend a project management networking event.