How To Build Your Project Team

So it’s time to build your project team.

Have you noticed that the A-Team has different people with different characteristics doing different jobs? That a balanced basketball team has quick playmakers, 3-and-D wingmen, and big rim protectors? Did you know a beehive has a strict hierarchy of jobs and roles, with each bee serving a different purpose for the benefit of the hive as a whole?

Of course you did. It’s a known truth that diversity is efficient. Different people do different jobs without stepping on each other’s toes, cutting down on conflicts over roles and responsibilities. 

But if this is the case, why do people sometimes try to build their project teams by finding other people who are just like them, sharing the same skills and talents? It doesn’t make sense!

Not a good look for a successful project team…

Meet The Perfect Project Team

In an attempt to help you avoid this mistake, we wanted to share several team member personality types that you’ll want to include when constructing a successful project team. Read through, and let us know where you are.

Type #1 – The Operator 

When the project is complicated, it requires moving many stakeholders in the right direction, going into the field, and pushing things through – and this is our guy. The operational type just instinctively knows how to get work done. He knows how to delegate work to others, get their progress reports, and keep things moving forward. When you need the ship to start making waves, he will be there.

Type #2 – The Nice Guy 

Conflict happened. Now other teams are pissed off. Managers are not happy. Those guys that know how to go into a lion cage and come back with a piece process are rare to find, and are so important. Don’t send the operator there, because he will be back with a bigger disaster trailing behind him. Send the nice guy, and let his personality do the hard work.

Type #3 – The Accountant

The longer the table is, the happier he is. The higher the amount of data coming through, the more confident he feels. Some people just love data, while others feel threatened by it. In a world of information, it is key to have someone that feels like a fish in water with data – at some point that table will come, and someone will have to analyze it.  

Type #4 – The Professional 

Complicated questions have complicated answers. Complicated project disasters have complicated recovery plans. When worse comes to worst, you want someone who is able to put together the pieces just because he is professional enough to do that. When everything is flowing, don’t interrupt the professional type with tasks related to other personality types. Just let him be… professional. At some point you’ll need it.

Type #5 – The Heavy Lifter 

Hard workers can sustain a significant workload without getting frustrated. It can be an upgrade of a software platform that created a huge number of small bugs. It can be a bad vendor which needs daily babysitting for several months. The professional type can’t deal with that, but the heavy lifter can. He may not be not as focused as the other personality types are, but he is tedious – and never gets tired. Some people call this type the Energizer bunny, others call him the tortoise from Aesop’s fables, but everyone calls him when there are tasks that need a steady presence to get done.

Now that we are familiar with the team, we need to answer some important questions.

Can several personality types appear in the same person? Of course!

Does a personality type have a gender? Of course not!

Are there other aspects to personality that are helpful when building a project team? Sure.

Do you need all of these five personalities in your project team? You better believe it…or be ready to fill the gap yourself.

Key Points

Which personality type are you?

Do you manage your team in line with their personalities?

Do you delegate the right tasks to the right people?

The next time you need to build the perfect project team, think about it – who’s missing?