Project managers are tasked with a great deal of responsibility when it comes to managing an endeavor. Often times the manager may have the privilege of selecting a team of individuals from different departments or the group may be assigned to the project. The manager has the task of assembling the group, while working through the five stages of development - forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. After this phase comes the kick-off meeting, team-building sessions, establishing team identity, developing, and managing the teams. The project execution phase is the process where all the different departments interact to put the project into action. In addition, project sponsorship and leadership play an important role in the successful execution of the project. During the project life cycle, measuring and reporting project progress and performance is conducted through reports, Gantt charts, and project controlled process systems to keep track of trends, deviations, costs, and schedules.
Assemble, Develop, Manage
The project manager are responsible for recruiting members from different departments, conducting meetings, establishing team goals and directions, creating a shared vision of the organizational strategy, establish a reward system that promotes teamwork, facilitates decision making, create a conflict management system, and maintain the morale of the team. The assembly phase of the project will consist of selecting and recruiting staff members from internal and external departments. According to Larson & Gray (2011), “Two important factors affecting recruitment are the importance of the project and the management structure being used to complete the project”. For high-priority projects that are essential to the company, the project manager can select whomever they want. For projects that are not as important, the project manager will have to ask for volunteers from other departments to work on the project....