Success factor No. 1 – Building a successful project team

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Sometimes having no resource can be better than having the wrong resource!
Projects achieve success because of the people involved. Designing the project organisation and choosing your project team carefully are amongst the most important tasks for the Project Manager. This important task is sometimes given a back seat and the project gets populated with resources almost by accident rather than by careful planning. Our experience taken from analysing project outcomes shows that if the team is carefully selected using a balance of technical capability, experience and, just as importantly, fit with the rest of the team then the chance of the project being successful is significantly increased. When the going gets tough in projects the team needs to be able to work together, to help each other and achieve success together.
Some of the pitfalls to be avoided are:
• Using resources just because they’re available
• Using the cheapest resources because of limited budget
• Using part time resources because they can’t be spared from their day job.

Our project experience shows that these examples are an underlying cause of problems in projects and sometimes it would be better to have no resource than the wrong resource.

This blog is an extract from a series of articles aimed at achieving successful projects in today’s complex world of IT Project delivery. If you’d like to learn more about delivering successful projects please go to