Sounds simple enough. It's what project managers were trained to do, more or less.
But while the project manager has a lot to do with getting everyone aligned on the right approach, how team members manage themselves impacts the project outcome just as much.
Here are some things project managers and team members should keep in mind to make sure the outcome is what everyone has planned:
--Think twice before engaging extra team members. Be ready with a plan of what you need from the resources and whether they're in a position to provide it.
--Treat external staff members that help out with the project as if you had to pay for every minute of their engagement from a mini budget that you will be held accountable for.
--Make sure you're aware of how your role and your deliverable contribute to the final project result. And validate that role and deliverable with the rest of your project team to ensure you're only working on what's going to add the most value to what is required.
--Be able to account for the work you've done and prove that it directly related to the scope and activities assigned to you. Be completely responsible for everything you commit to along the way -- as if you might be audited.
--Create your own measure of success and communicate it to the team. Be ready to show the results of your work, whether you're asked for it or not.
--Be aware of time wasters -- they eat away from the time you have available to deliver your assigned tasks. Make your own efficiency one of your accountabilities.
When each individual manages his or her time and tasks with these basic rules, the entire team is better positioned to deliver on time, on budget and within scope.