The most successful companies are often those with their fingers in many pies. Keeping plenty of projects on the go at once is an excellent way to mitigate risk and boost productivity. It’s also a tricky balancing act that can involve multiple teams.
You might find yourself managing a remote team alongside the workers in your office. It could be that you must blend workers from different departments. Either on-site or remotely. Even with the best intentions, when this occurs, things can get messy. Poor communication and a lack of transparency can result. That, in turn, may lead to tensions and, ultimately, disappointing results.
It’s by fostering more robust cross-team collaboration that you can meet those challenges. Give your team – or teams – the right mindset and the correct tools, and the results will delight you. The following are six tips that will help you on the way to cooperation that will lead to stellar projects.
6 Tips for Executing Stellar Projects
No business department can – or should – exist in a vacuum. Most significant projects need input from different areas of your firm to succeed. What you don’t want are silos in your business. They prevent separate departments from working together efficiently. The following tips will help you break down barriers and achieve a new level of cross-team collaboration.
1. Make Leadership Roles and Functions Clear From the Start
Effective leadership is a perpetual challenge when bringing people together from diverse departments. The chains of command that workers are used to will often no longer apply. At the outset of any project, then, you must define the leadership and team structure.
Make sure everyone in the team understands one another’s functions and responsibilities. That way, each member will know who to collaborate with on each element of the project. What’s more, it’s essential everyone knows who’s in charge and where the buck for the project stops.
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There is a lot to consider when choosing project leaders. You need to give positions of responsibility to trustworthy colleagues—those who have strong communication skills. Creativity, too, is an often-underappreciated aspect of good leadership.
Whoever you trust to run a project, make sure they stay on top of their team. Managers must attend as many project meetings as possible to keep on top of progress throughout. They need to be your conduit to the group or groups working on the assignment.
2. Connect the Teams
Even when working on the same project, staff from different departments may get tempted to do their own thing. Many may feel that they can handle their part of the task and leave the rest to others. That’s not a recipe for effective collaboration. You need to make sure project teams get enough face-to-face time.
That doesn’t necessarily mean arranging physical meetings. It’s possible to be productive in video meetings, via IM, or by email. What’s critical, though, is that your team has the necessary tools. It’s your responsibility to provide these and to ensure everyone knows how to use them.
That might mean introducing a video conferencing solution and training staff on it. It may mean giving your organization access to a tool to manage your files online. The precise tech stack you’ll need will depend on your business. WhatContinue reading