How to improve the productivity of your project team

Friday, May 9th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Productivity is more than just an industry buzzword. Improving your output efficiency can actually increase employee satisfaction while at the same time reflecting positively on your own abilities as a leader. As a project manager, it is your responsibility to ensure that your team members are engaged with their work and that their skills match the project's needs as much as possible. The Project Management Hut blog offers the following tips on how to improve team productivity and complete your projects on time and within budget.

  • Get organized. Before starting a new project, make sure to put together a project charter. A project charter should include the project's goal, major objectives, possible risks and a responsibilities matrix for the team. A well-developed charter can ensure that all project stakeholders are on the same page from the beginning, and reduces confusion and redundancies.
  • Know when you work your best. Some people are most productive in the early mornings, while others don't really get going until noon. Some employees might want to tackle the most challenging assignments on Monday, while others prefer to wait until later in the week when they're in the swing of things. If possible, work on the most important tasks during your time of maximum productivity.
  • Provide the right environment. This doesn't mean buying a fountain for the office, but refers to creating an office culture where your team members can easily coordinate the work and share ideas. Effective communication within the team (and with you as the project manager) is critical for project success.

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