A little bit of everything
The best decisions often stem from the combined ideas of diverse contributors. This article explains the benefits of assembling project teams comprised of individuals who possess differing levels of experience and expertise as well as diverse interests and diverse backgrounds, both professional and cultural. In doing so, it describes the advantages of examining--via a roles and responsibilities matrix--each team member's apparent and hidden skills. It discusses the dangers of allowing a mob mentality to shape a project team's dynamic; it identifies a personality test that can project managers categorize team members. It also identifies two challenges in creating cohesive teams and overviews the benefits of delegating authority and trusting team members. Accompanying this article is a sidebar looking at how project managers can supervise under-performing project team members.