What is a Project Team?

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What is a project team? Come and find out!

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  • Learn how to assess and analyze the current state (as-is) of an organization to get a good feel for their structure, culture, and capabilities
  • Understand how to properly define project success by identifying the conditions that need to be met within the future state (to-be)
  • Understand how to use gap analysis to uncover the necessary changes to get the organization from the current as-is state to the future to-be state
  • Learn how to utilize the brainstorming and workshop techniques to identify, assess, and mitigate risks to the project and the organization
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  • Learn to create a Business Case that gets approved by tying all of the learned details together into on succinct document that provides reasoning and financial justification to move forward
English -: So let's switch gears a little bit from the project, and let's talk about the project team. Since the project is a temporary endeavor, meaning it's got a set start and a set end, the project team is also temporary. We pull people from different departments, from different business units, from different backgrounds, into the projects. So usually have like somebody that's running the project, like the project manager, you have a business analyst, you have business users. So you have a bunch of people that are involved in this project and they make up a temporary project team. As I kinda mentioned, they're pulled from a lot of different areas. So they're cross-functional, they're very versatile. You want people of different backgrounds, or people with different responsibilities within the business, because you want all of those opinions as you're building that eventual outcome, that eventual solution. As well, project teams are generally going to be part-time. So let me explain a little bit of what I mean by that. A full-time project team would be a project team that is solely working on this project as their 40-hour work week. Every day they come in, they're working 100% of their time on the project. And this isn't very feasible for most organizations. Most organizations, they have duties that they need those particular business users, or management to handle. And so, project teams are generally going to be part-time, meaning that there's gonna be a certain number of hours allocated to this particular project, and the rest of the time their people are gonna be doing their normal duties. So for business management, they could be doing their business management duties, but then half the time they're working on this project. Project managers and business analysts, they could be working on this project as well as a number of other projects. So while they're a full-time project team member, they're part-time on the various projects. And then for the project team, everybody kind of shares the responsibility for the outcome being a success. Everybody in the project team wants the project outcome to be successful, and to solve that initial business problem. And we'll talk about in the next lecture, some of the different roles, and who specifically is responsible for what.