Team members are selected because they have particular skills that are required to complete project tasks. Examples include specialists in business or technical disciplines, or an outside supplier.
The Team Member’s role is to successfully perform the tasks that have been allocated, keeping the project manager informed of progress as well as any issues that may arise.
The role often requires team members to work on their own initiative in areas where they are the ‘experts’. This places the responsibility on them to manage their own day to day work, recognise the authority of the Project Manager and report to the Project Manager as appropriate.
Team membership often changes as a project moves through its development. This means there are frequently two types of team member:
- Core Team Member: A full time role on the project but not necessarily for the duration of the project.
- Extended Team Member: A part time role on the project . These team members will usually have their regular job to do, or they may be from an outside company.
Part of the Team Member’s role is to pay attention to the problems others may be facing. Tolerance and good communications are essential ingredients of successful project teams.
Project Team Member’s Responsibilities
The responsibilities assigned to individual team members may vary but typically will include:
- Understanding the purpose and objectives of the project
- Ensuring a correct balance between project and non-project work
- Working to timescales and within cost constraints
- Reporting progress against plan
- Producing the deliverables/products to agreed specifications
- Reviewing key project deliverables/products
- Identifying issues
- Identifying risks associated with the project
- Working together as a team
- Contributing towards successful communication
- Contributing towards positive motivation
(On small or specialised projects, the Team Member may also be the Project Manager).