project management

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Managing Project Teams

Great leadership for great teams.
Great team must have doing the right thing.

Project management needs high performance leader, effective goal, and great team. Team is a small group of people include leader and team, good relationship, work together, same goal, same direction. Everyone in team need to understand direction.
What kind of people to be a good team? “Choosing and developing your team is the most important competency of a leader. This is time-consuming up to one-third of your time.” (From This means leadership is very important and usually come with great team. Team need; knowledge, skill, accountability (work with their heart, work over the job description), talent, passion, and doing the right thing. Project management needs
- Leadership; work in execution, turn ideas into reality, build a great team that is skilled and loves to work.
- Excellent team; they know what and why need to be done, do by themselves
- Put the right people in the right job
- Meeting or brainstorming
- Need positive synergy
- Sharing idea (open mind); “the door swing both way” it possible that you are wrong and other have better idea.
- Problem-solving, make a decision and move the team forward.
- Good environment and culture, measures performance directly; reward, recognize and ignored.
- Training
- Trust
- Work with their heart.
“Now great team must have doing the right thing, character has been described as ethical behavior, intellectual integrity, openness and honesty. No matter what the issue or the personal gain or loss, they always-not occasional-did the right thing. Not only the right thing from a business or economic aspect, but the right thing including social and philosophical dimension.”

Friday, September 08, 2006

Chapter 10- Leadership

Leadership is the soft side or human side or mind side of project manager that not only project manager must have leadership but all of us should have leadership. Project manager must do both sides of management and leadership.
- Leadership relates with people, focus on direction, and deal with effectiveness.
- Leader as a person. Leadership not as a person, as a set of behaviours that helps a group perform a task, reach their goal, or perform their function.
- Leaders as inspiring visionaries, concerned about substance; while managers he views as planners who have concerns with process.
- Leadership is the ability of an individual to lead, convince, motivate and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members" (House, R. J. 2004: page 15)
- Leader realising that the achievement of the task comes about through the goodwill and and support of others, while the manager may not.
- Management concern about thing, focus on resource (manpower is one of resource), and deal with efficiency.
- Managers concerned themselves with tasks while leaders concerned themselves with peopl.
- Evaluate technical side by look at efficiency (output), socio-culture by look at effectiveness (outcome).

What different between leadership and management?

Warren Bennis (1989): twelve distinctions between the two groups:
1. Managers administer, leaders innovate.
2. Managers ask how and when, leader ask what and why.
3. Managers focus on system, leaders focus on people.
4. Managers do things right, leaders do the right things.
5. Managers maintain, leaders develop.
6. Mangers rely on control, leaders inspire trust.
7. Managers have a short-term perspective, leaders have a longer-term perspective.
8. Mangers accept the status-quo, leaders challenge the status-qua.
9. Mangers have an eye on the bottom line, leaders have an eye on the horizon.
10. Mangers imitate, leaders original.
11. Mangers emulate the classic good soldier, leaders are their own person.
12. Mangers copy, leaders show originallity.

Goog leadership must have:
Challenging the process; try to do something out of the box, find the new way of doing, and support team members in these efforts (put right man on the right job)
Inspiring share vision; put common understanding sense of purpose, can speak to convince team to follow sense of purpose, share vision for everyone, everyone come though the same goal,
Enabling others to act; get the thing done through the people,
Modeling the way; converse vision into action, lead by action, work more than job description, work by heart;
Encouraging the heart; connect heart to heart, celebrating together, pride in team.

How to develop leadership? Reading books, intensive training; can improve communication and political skill, workshop. But everythink up to yourself, if you want to develop you can.