Requirements for building technical teams

This paper describes lessons and results from working with more than 1,000 NASA project, engineering, and management teams from first quarter of 2003 to the present. Teambuilding for technical teams presents special challenges as many have had unsatisfactory experiences with prior “soft-side” developmental activities. Every project manager knows the importance of early definition of requirements. Similarly,I describe five requirements that we address in our work with technical teams that have proven sufficient to motivate voluntary and enthusiastic adoption of our processes, They are:1.The core construct must be logical and durable; 2. Assessments must be brief, clear, and actionable; 3. Quantitative data must demonstrate effectiveness of the teambuilding processes; 4. Development processes must be sufficiently appealing that people want to use them; and 5. Team members need to see progress that justifies their time “off the job.” “Soft-side” development processes that meet these requirements should app
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