Tips for Staffing Project Teams
Question: I will be managing a large, complex project for my organization. What tips do you have for staffing project teams?
Answer: People more than anything will improve your chances for success. Consider these simple but powerful tips:
- Use better and fewer people. I like to keep the size of my teams no larger than eight people, even for large, complex projects.
- Focus on competency. Make sure you understand the necessary skills for the project. Find the individuals with the requisite skills.
- Focus on the chemistry of the team. Don’t fall for the temptation of staffing your team with a superstar that does not harmonize with your team. You are building a team; you are not looking for a group of individuals.
- Eliminate or replace problem team members as quickly as possible. Coach problem team members. If they don’t respond, replace them.