“If I determine the solution vision, then I can develop a collaborative project environment that adapts and changes, but I am not sure what it means to have an effective or efficient project team.”
When you see the term “solution vision,” you might think I am talking about nothing more than an idea to solve a problem, but it is more than offering a solution or highlighting the value of something. A solution vision describes the target audience of the solution, what will be satisfied by the solution, what the key benefits will be, as well as differentiating it from alternatives at the same time. In a project, this is embodied in the project plan, but to reach it, you’ll need a coordinated team that efficiently collaborates. How, pray tell, do you do that? Well let’s find out.
“Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.”
-John C. Maxwell
To prevent the possibility of having a “bad team,” you must have good leadership practices in place before the team is formed. As a project manager, it is important to understand that people own what they participate in creating. When we invest our time, energy, and selves into creating the project plan as a team, we take ownership, accountability, as well as self-assigned determination in making sure that it is successful.
To take ownership, your team must understand the purpose of the project as well as their place in the project, so make it clear in the project plan, as well as individual assignments. By building a team that understands, you are engaging their minds as well as their hearts. They are motivated to push forward as a team. But to ensure smooth sailing, it is always important for you to have a plan for conflict resolution, decision making, idea generation, monitoring, as well as project planning.
Having a plan in place at the beginning creates a structure for systematically handling any issue that might arise during the project, but you should still be very aware of the project environment. You should attempt to create an area of mutual respect and trust, so honor diversity, keep commitments, be honest, and show your appreciation for the contributions of everyone on the team. Empower your team to succeed, is easy to say, but hard to do. It will take lots of time and effort, but it is worth it!
A goal in building a project plan is to capture the actionable behavior of the project. A single successfully designed and executed project plan will mean more growth and further triumph. Using a solution vision to create a collaborative project environment means that it will be easier to adapt, change, and be more competitive as time goes on, so start harmonizing and succeed!