9.4. Breaking Down Barriers to High Team Performance
Four sets of interrelated variables influence project teams' performance. All four sets can be stacked into each other, as shown in Figure 9.2. This simple model breaks down the complexity of teambuilding and its managerial process into smaller parts.
Drivers and barriers: These are key reasons for success, which directly influence team performance. The degree of project success is primarily determined by the Strength of specific driving forces and barriers related to leadership, job content, personal needs, and the general work environment, as shown in Table 9.5. Collectively, the items in Table 9.5 explain over 85 percent of the variance in project team performance.
Table 9.4. BENCHMARKING YOUR TEAM PERFORMANCE. Work and Team Structure
Team participates in project definition, work plans evolve dynamically
Team structure and responsibilities evolve and change as needed
Team leadership evolves based on expertise, trust, respect
Minimal dependence on bureaucracy, procedures, politics
Communication and Control
Effective cross-functional channels, linkages
Ability to seek out and process information
Effective group decision-making and consensus
Clear sense of purpose and direction
Self-control, accountability, and ownership
Control is stimulated by visibility, recognition, accomplishments, autonomy
Minimal hierarchy in member status and position
Internal team leadership based on situational expertise, ...