Selecting a Team - Choosing Highly Competent Teams

Selecting a Team - Choosing Highly Competent Teams

People Competency 33:

Selecting a Team - Choosing Highly Competent Teams

Staffing a project needs the capability to understand people in the context of a high performance team. Essential personality models are helpful, as is knowledge of recruiting and building such teams. As identifying and understanding personalities is an important part of selecting a team, models from psychology, especially Myers-Briggs Personality Type models, will be explained. Others include the Kiersey Temperament Sorter (© 1997–2001 Dr. David W. Kiersey) and the Enneagram.

Regardless of how effective a team is, it must be right for the job at hand. A team of Java programmers may be able to develop the next killer app, but they might not consist of the right team to automate a day-care center (currently big business) if the team doesn't include a well-informed business analyst. Assuming the correct mix of talents can be ascertained, the manager must also be able to determine the competency of each team member and of the total team (the whole is not the sum of the parts). Dr. Bill Curtis tells us that productivity varies extremely between the "best" and "worst" programmers, depending on their experience, domain knowledge, and inborn smarts. Recruiting and interviewing will be discussed in "Selecting a Project Team".

People Competency 34:

Teambuilding - Forming, Guiding, and Maintaining an Effective Team

Building the right team needs mixing personalities for better team performance. We will discuss the team development model in terms of the classic five stages: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. There are successful methods for turning individuals into a team that may be employed.

If all members of a team are highly well-matched, they will look back on the project as enjoyable, but they may remember a "failure" in terms of project accomplishments. Just as the sand must be present in the oyster to create a pearl, a bit of disagreement among team members sometimes gives birth to original ideas. It is best if the team consists of introverts and extroverts, sensing and intuitive types, and thinkers and feelers. Constant and total agreement on issues is boring, unproductive, and inbred. Teams are effective when lively technical discussions can take place without harm to personal feelings. There are several well-known software team organizations. We will discuss them and their strengths and weaknesses in "Selecting a Project Team".


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