Experience has demonstrated that project success directly correlates to the team chosen to accomplish the project goals. Research supports the fact that teams with a broad base of experience; diverse mindsets and frequent communication perform at higher levels.
Haskell places emphasis on selecting the ‘right’ team members with the project goals in mind. There are eight steps involved in this process:
1. Define the Goals – This seems intuitive, but often teams are assembled without a focus on the team’s mission. What will the team accomplish? What challenges will they face? What equipment and capabilities will be required in the design?
2. Focus on Communication – Ensure that teams have the power and access to communicate and collaborate freely and frequently. Do not allow job titles, office location, or formal roles to limit or restrict communication of ideas.
3. Define Team Member Roles – Make the effort to clarify what each team member is expected to contribute and why they were brought to the team. See that this information is communicated to everyone on the team so that not only each team member understands their role, but also the value of these roles and different areas of expertise of others.
4. Encourage Innovation – Create an environment where new ideas are welcome. Encourage fact-driven and data-driven questions as well as analytical thinking.
5. Seek Team Members with Passion – Identify individuals who have a passion for the topic. Passion drives people to succeed and brings energy to the team.
6. Consider Past Failures and Lessons Learned - Refuse to allow previous negative experiences to prevent individual access to the team. Previous challenges teach invaluable lessons. This perspective can guide your team to the best solution and help avoid difficulties and design pitfalls.
7. Emphasize Ownership and Accountability – Set expectations that commitments will be met and that the success of the team depends on each member accomplishing the goals assigned to them.
8. Demand Authenticity – Insist that your team be open and honest with each other. The result will be transparent communications and minimize misunderstandings. Let your team members know that they will be respected.
By following these steps, an exceptional team can be assembled for any project. Team members will be empowered to think independently, present their ideas freely and openly support each other. This will take your team’s performance to the next level while driving the team to success.
Haskell builds teams for a broad range of projects focused on our customer’s needs. These teams help make Haskell a leader in project delivery.
If you'd like to discuss Haskell's approach to building the perfect team, contact Stephen Alexander at [email protected].