How project members play a key role in developing a successful completion of the project

A project team is more than a group of individuals assigned to work on one project. A group of interdependent individuals working co-operatively to achieve project objective helping these individuals develop and grow into a cohesive effective team. The effectiveness of the project team can make the differences between the project success and failure.

It is the people not the procedures and technology that are critical to accomplish project objective. The project team is a group of individuals working interpedently to achieve the project objective. Teamwork is a co-operative effort by the members of the project team to achieve a common goal.


It’s the people the project manager and team members are key to project success. To ensure success of project various structures are used to organize people to work on them. Communication is most essential part in a project team, it should be good with the customers, within the project team and with the upper management is critical to success.


Factors that contribute to ensure successful team work:

1. Commitment to the purpose of the system is never perfunctory, and motivation always high.
2. Teamwork is focused on task. The members of the project team develop behaviours that enable them to do what they must.
3. The project leadership is strong, clear, reliable and never ambivalent.
4. The systems are clearly bounded from other systems.


The purpose of team building is to improve the ability of the group to solve problems and to work effectively on the project at hand. The crux of the team building effort is to develop and sustain a spirit of participative management. Efforts should be directed at achieving some specific targets.


1. Effective communication among the members.
2. Effective ways of resolving problems within the group.
3. Techniques for using conflict in a constructive way.
4. Greater collaboration and creativity amongst the members in the project team.
5. Clarification of the team’s purpose and the role of each team member.


The project manager implements a project management information system designed to rack the actual process and compare with the planned progress. It is the responsibility of the project manager to make sure that the customer is satisfies with the work scope is completed in a quality manner planning, organizing, and controlling.


Project team members monitor the progress of their assigned task and regularly provide data on progress, schedule and cost. It’s important that problems, even potential problems are identified easily and actions are taken. Effective project team members should posses some characteristics.


1. Clear understanding of project objectives.
2. Clear expectations of each person role and responses.
3. A result orientation work.
4. High degree of co-operation.
5. A high level of trust.


Barriers among the team members:

1. Unclear goals.
2. Unclear definition of roles and responsibilities.
3. Lack of project structure.
4. Lack of commitment, communication.


Being a member of a project team should be an enriching and satisfying one for all the members in the project team. However growth will not happen by itself. It requires sense of responsibility, hard work, open mindness and desire for further development.


Each member for the project team needs to help to create a positive and effective project environment. Effective team members plan, control and feel accountable for their individual work efforts. They have expectations of themselves and manage time very well. They should be self-directed.

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