Broadway teaches project managers to hit all the right notes

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

When you think back on your best, most creative teams, what do you picture? Team members with whom you've spent the last 20 years of your career? It certainly makes sense to assume that the people you've worked with the longest are the ones with whom you will work best. After all, you've had plenty of time to learn each other's habits and accept each other's faults.

However, familiarity and a comfortable working relationship may not make for the best teams. According to an article on the Harvard Business Review blog, research suggests that the best teams may actually be temporary.

The example? Broadway.

Most project managers don't exactly see themselves as doing a job that is similar to that of a musical theater director. Still, the parallels are there. Broadway artists work long hours on a project with a limited lifespan. Most of their fellow cast members and stage hands are working on other projects at the same time, and nearly all of them will go their separate ways after the final curtain closes.

Is that bad for Broadway? Quite the contrary. In addition to giving artists a chance to make new connections with a wide number of people, it also opens productions to a variety of inputs and opinions.

The same is true for projects. A team can greatly benefit from new members and the novel insights and ideas they bring with them.

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