Successful Delegation Factors
When a Manager is assigned a Project that involves delegating a number of work assignments to a team of people expected to carry out the execution, there are a number of important considerations. These factors will come into play in most situations and the better a manager understands how they affect a given project, the more effective the delegation of tasks and assignments will be.
Considerations for Delegating a Project in a Team Environment
- Consider the make-up of the team in terms of; years of experience, skills, leaders, followers, history of each person in a team environment, etc.
- What level of interaction will be required between members of the team?
- Will there be special skills/experience required for the project and do you have people who can deliver it?
- Will outside people resources (within the Company or outside) be required and how will this integrate with the people on your team?
- Do you have people with little or no experience on the team? Will they need a Mentor and if so, who is available?
- Are there any obvious personality conflicts that need to be taken into account?
- What has been the history of this team’s ability to execute projects on time and to requirements? Should any historic issues be taken into account?
Action Plan Review Steps
These are the core questions and considerations that a manager should review when developing the Action Plan for the project at hand. Too often, a manager dives right into the Plan and does not invest even minimal time in a quick check of these potential obstacles. Every team and Action Plan needs to have a focus on improvement. The manager’s team can always get better. This simple attention to detail separates the good Manager from the great Manager – Leader.
The “Team Development Goal” for each new project is to get better…much better. The manager needs to execute the Action Plan and effectively delegate assignments. The Manager is responsible for creating “Velocity of Execution.”
This implies creating urgency and developing the people part of the Action Plan based on the assessment questions suggested above. It takes very little time to consider these questions and the pay-off is very positive. Any Manager wanting to create and build on a reputation for getting things done by managing people and projects will plan with these considerations in mind.
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