Using modern project management tools to build a project team
This article presents a process that enables a new product development (NPD) team to deliver products on time while overcoming communication barriers. The process begins with the facilitator, who needs to thoroughly know the project before holding a meeting with the team to clarify project goals. Assumptions need to be questioned, and periodically reviewed and updated. Both the work breakdown structure (WBS) and network diagram need to be owned by the team and translated to the level of personal responsibility. Risk analysis should yield contingency plans that are incorporated into the WBS and network diagram. Ongoing project reviews help keep the project on schedule and everyone accountable for their tasks.