Hearing every voice
how to maximize the value of diversity of project teams
Valuing and managing workforce and project team diversity can positively affect an organization's success in today's competitive, global economy. This article discusses ways that project managers can optimize the value of diversity on project teams and offers strategies for bringing out creativity and innovation from team members with different backgrounds, working styles, and life experiences. In the process of selecting team members, certain questions can be posed to measure a team's diversity and match it with the goals of a particular project. Periodic checkpoints can be used throughout the life of a project to support team effectiveness and reinforce the team's awareness and appreciation of each member's diversity.