The most important aspect of a project is the human resource, for sure. But even though almost every manager knows about that fact, why would they have a fear about driving the team for a successful project completion?
It can be due to various reasons. May be due to lack of time spent on the initiation phase, or may be due to the inability to schedule the project properly, the list goes on …
It’s also impossible to expect everything to be on the perfect side. The world is never a perfect place, and especially in a project there are a lot of things could go wrong. But there got to be a way managers should be able to identify those risks upfront and prepare for them beforehand. Knowing that the team members are the ones who is going to drive the project forward, a lot of pit holes could be avoided by focusing on them while assigning tasks.
Every manager faces that problem. When assigning tasks to individuals, there is a mutual understanding between the assigner and the assignee. They know the fact that just letting them know their work for a period of time would not solve the problems at all. Some may argue that proper monitoring after the assignments would deliver promised results. But, I see some drawbacks in that method as well.
Assuming the team consists of members with proper knowledge and experience to do the job, the life of a manager can be alleviated a little bit. But selecting the right individuals for particular tasks is the next major problem.
How many of them spend enough time to do that? I’ve seen many organizations refer the resumes or professional profiles before assigning tasks. Earlier experience would definitely give them the chance to assign similar tasks for some. But would that only be enough? Listening to the team member about the tasks he or she is going to have will give an even better perspective for managers. It’s acceptable that it wouldn’t be practical if the organization or the group is larger. But having a fair amount of understanding about the skills and most importantly passions of employees would make a positive impact to the project.
Why do we have to align our passion and work?
That’s what we like to see and feel at the end of the day, isn’t it? We need to have a feeling that we have contributed our maximum toward the project and we should be able to inspire ourselves as well. To do that, we got to align our passion with what we are assigned to do.
Managers need to go a bit far in identifying individuals when assigning tasks for them. Maintaining a healthy communication among team members would definitely help them to achieve it. That will also reduce the pressure of the team and by doing that they can be more open to talk about the project related matters. At the end, it’s all about getting to the other side of the line. As it’s a team effort, everyone in the team should feel their importance to the ultimate result.
Finally, getting to know the people in the team is the most important task for the manager. The fate of the project can be decided by just that, and it can be either a success or a failure.