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Tools and Techniques used for Project Managers

Summarize different tools and techniques project managers can use to help them manage project teams. What can they do to manage virtual team members?

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A team is a group of people working actively together to achieve a common purpose for which they are all accountable (Schermehorn, 2005, G-12). Teams have always been a key factor responsible for the development of any organization, be it a business organization or be it a trust or a charitable organization or be it an essential service like hospitals and education or be it the functioning of governments. A team is put up with the objective of attaining a certain specified goal. The philosophy of a team is that the team will give a better output than the each of the team members working as individuals as collectively they can overcome all the weaknesses inherent in an individual. The team also serves an important function in that it helps the team member satisfy his social needs. Maslow has defined social needs as one of the most important needs which man looks to satisfy.

As indicated by Jeffrey H. Schweriner, "Most projects, no matter what the industry, require a team. Every team member has specified tasks designed to carry out the development and implementation of the project. But for successful projects, every team member not only performs their specified tasks, but members play a role as well. By definition, a role is defined as "a part or character to be played by an actor" (Random House 1979)."
Methods of gaining and sustaining effective global teams:

1. Grooming talent from all around the globe

As many companies in top 20 is grooming talent all around the globe, to have all around development of the organization. It helps in learning from each other's culture and sharing the knowledge with each other. It helps in development of employees.

2. Hiring professionals
The professionalism is the hallmark of the excellence for successful companies. They recruit from best universities and groom them to become future leaders. Infosys is recruiting not only from India but also from US universities to develop global pool of talent.

3. Recognizing and respecting ...

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This solution discusses tools and techniques used by project managers to manage a team.