Putting Together the Perfect Team
Ben Roethlisberger, two-time Super Bowl quarterback, uses his team to his advantage. While he may use X's and O's to determine a runner's route, project managers can use a Six Sigma methodology to choose their team members.
Basically, Six Sigma, invented by engineers at Motorola, is a methodology for examining every aspect of a project before it begins to ensure all goes well. Six Sigma also anticipates what changes or events may occur and how they will be resolved when they occur. But what about your people within that methodology? People are not computer models, nor should they be. So how do you pick the right people for the task at hand?
Before choosing your team think about these three things:
1) Communication - Does the team member communicate and listen well?
2) Learning - Is the team member open to learning?
3) Receptive - Is the team member open to hearing feedback?
With these questions in your mind, analyze the team members you want. If you use the Six Sigma approach to choosing, along with these characteristics, you will want co-workers that are willing to lead and follow. Team members need upper management support from you as well as encouragement and a secure feeling that what they are doing is vital to a project. So how do you begin the process of choosing?