October 25th, 2016 in Project Management
Small project teams have their challenges, and most of the problems are similar to one that all teams face, and then some challenges are unique to small teams.
Here are some challenges small project team faces on the day-to-day basis and how you can tackle them.
Not Being Flexible
You might want to follow your project plan to the book and hesitating to consider new information because it differs from your original plan. It is always a good idea to periodically step back and take a fresh look at the overall project, review how things have gone and what can you change in your original plan improve the future work. That is not to say that you should be looking to continue to modify the project plan but rather just be open to new information and suggestions that can help the project.
Not Being Specific with the Project Scope
Not having a precise scope of a project is dangerous that can derail a project, it can lead to extra cost and delays. Define the scope of the project from the get-go and monitor the project regularly to make sure your team is on track and within the defined scope of the project. Before moving forward with change requests figure out how it will affect the project schedule and extra costs that the project will incur.
Overly Optimistic Timelines
Intentions are always noble because you want to keep all the stakeholder happy, but after deadlines are missed it only leads to distrust and frustration on the part of all stakeholders involved with the project. You will need to manage and plan all the items required to cross the finish line, and it is important you add a buffer, some extra time and budget in case something doesn’t go according to plan, so you have something to fall back on.
Sharing Too Much of the Work
You might think this is an advantage for a project team at first. But when everyone on the team is trying to do everything there can be lots of problems. It’s always great when a team is proactive, and everyone steps up to the plate but if the team doesn’t know who is doing what it can be a massive problem. Having open lines of communication will help and by properly organizing work responsibility you can avoid this issue. This is where a project management software can help you organize and assign project work.
If you’re thinking of implementing collaborative project management software, try Slenke for free. Invite your team to Slenke, work on and complete a short project together using the software, and see how we can help your team work better.