Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
In my experience, talent and passion are the keys to effective teams. It's not better defined roles. In PM Tip#14: Great teams have members that defy roles, Brad Abrams writes that the best teams defy traditional roles and responsibilities, and I agree.
Role-FocusWhen role issues show up, it's usually a sign there's other problems. Here's common problems:
Carving out roles to help orient the team is one thing (who's on first, who's on second ... etc.) Carving out roles to act as contracts is another. I'd rather work on teams where the focus is on collaboration and results over contract negotiation.
Results-FocusHere's a few keys that help with a results focus:
At the end of the day, I push for results-focused teams over role-focused teams, but it's probably because I'm a fan of getting results.
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I belong to resul focus type environment, but the problem is that, some of us feel they are gettign neglacted as not being that much techie in some apps. Also, the work distribution is so weired that, responsibilities wary everytime with every project and on the urgent need the control has to be transfered to someone who is not even aware of the goal. Thanks.
There are web-based project management software systems available that allow team members to perform as a "Results-Focus" team. I was constantly running in to problems due to the lack of organization. A few months ago, I was doing some research on project management software and ran in to Project Insight. It is web-based, so team members can log on at any time to see their updated projects in real time.