Questions for project managers to ask their team before a project begins

Questions for project managers to ask their team before a project begins

Beginning any new project can mean a whole new set of information to process, and quite often it can also mean adapting an existing team to cope with new members. As a project manager it is important to ensure that you look at the whole picture with any new project and that means as well as looking at the details of the project, you should also look at your team. Here are just some of the questions you should be asking before you begin work. 

Are we a diverse team?

Some businesses promote the idea of a diverse team for less than ideal reasons, but a diverse team can be a real asset especially when it comes to project management. The way a person is raise, and therefore their background, can play an important part in the way that they solve a problem – meaning different people really do look at problems in a different way. This means that when you have a diverse range of team members, backgrounds, culture, age, you will get a variety of solutions to a problem – some of which your team may otherwise not have come up with. Knowing how valuable diversity can be for your team is just one of the benefits of project training

Are you ready to brainstorm?

There really is only one way to make sure that you get all the ideas flowing when it comes to a new project and that is with a brainstorming session. Get the members of your team together and encourage them to throw ideas around, you never know what they might come up with. Some of the ideas that they come up with might not work for the project, but they may inspire a different solution from another member of your team and pretty soon the whole team will be buzzing and ready to get stuck into the project. 

Do we have a plan?

Once your brainstorming session has produced some fantastic ideas you will need to come up with a plan for the project. It is important to consider any constraints that you might have when formulating the plan for your project. Get input from your team members on where they think their skill set might be the most advantageous. You will also need to know when team members may not be available, for example through holidays, so that you can work out a plan for that project that takes these things into consideration. 

Discussing the plan with the team members can be a good idea when it comes to setting realistic timeframes for the work involved.

How can we work together?

Team members often don’t feel they can work well with each other, and their project manager if they feel that their voice is not being heard. So, make sure your team members know how much they are valued and how important their input is to the project. Let them know your door is always open. This is the definition of project management at its best.

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