Teams are everything when it comes to working on your project development process.
Every manager working in the organizational paradigm should know that if they want to be a strong and efficient leader, they have to motivate their team members, otherwise there’s no success.
If you ever wondered why the heck teams are so important for the project management paradigm, then stick with us as we unravel what teams are, what is their importance, and what are the different types of teams that work in the organizational paradigm, in this article.
What is a Team?
Well in simple terms, a team is a group of individuals that work with each other to achieve a shared milestone or purpose.
Generally, a team can have 5 to 7 members, but this number doesn’t matter as long as all of them are organized to assure fruitful cooperation that will result in favor of the company.
Why is Teamwork so Important?
Teamwork is very important for the company as it results in an enormous amount of success and productivity that brings more value to the company. Let us explain further with some benefits of teamwork.
- Different Viewpoints
- Improved Productivity
- Continuous Innovation
- Active Engagement
Let’s talk about these benefits in detail.
1. Different Viewpoints
When there are so many different people working in a team, there is an atmosphere of healthy collaboration and sharing of different perspectives and ideas.
This makes sure that the company doesn’t suffer from any bottlenecks during the project development process, as all of the team members are going to see that process from a different angle and find a solution best suited for the company.
2. Improved Productivity
When many different people work the same task with you, you get a sense of comradery among you, because all of you want to finish the same project and that fills you all with the hope that you have someone with you and you are not alone.
This sense of comradery increases the overall productivity of the team by many leaps and bounds and helps the company a lot. If you are a part of a remote team, then increase your online collaboration with your team, and it will have the same effect as working from the same location.
3. Continuous Innovation
In a company where different team members are working on the project development process, there are bound to be different ideas, arguments, discussions, jokes, and innovative solutions just flying across the board.
If this is happening around you, then congratulations, because this environment is perfect for breeding continuous innovation and performing the project more robustly.
4. Active Engagement
As a manager, you must endorse active engagement among the team members. What this does is that it helps the team members to establish friendly relations among themselves that improves their work-life drastically.
The sense of belonging that a human feels is more important than anything else that Teamwork has to offer.
Let’s now talk about the different types of teams, and what are the disadvantages and advantages associated with them.
4 Different Types of Teams
Here is a list of the types of teams that we are going to talk about in this article.
- Project Teams
- Self-Directed Teams
- Virtual Teams
- Leadership Teams
Let’s take a look at all of them in detail and find out which type of team can be beneficial for you and your company.
1. Project Teams
These are the teams that work under a project manager to complete a specific project development process or just the overall projects being developed in an organization. Let’s take a look at 4 different types of project teams and find out which one suits you better.
- Functional Teams: These teams are also known as cross-department teams and the best thing about them is that they cooperate on a more permanent basis than the other ones.
Their work is very important for the other teams because they contribute towards the development processes that the other teams are working on, and this phenomenon is called “baton passing”.
The advantages of these teams are that they can carry out all of the routine work being thrown at them, they receive constant support from all of the departments of the company and they are under strict control of a project manager, so they don’t go astray.
The disadvantages of these teams are that there is no flexibility in their work and they have the most complicated communication with all of the other area specialists working in the company.
- Cross-Functional Teams: A cross-functional team consists of many different professionals that are brought together by the upper management from all of the different parts of the company to work on a certain task for a brief period of time.
After the goal is completed, and the deed is done, they return to their respective departments. Kinda like the Avengers.
The advantages of these teams are that they have a high speed to finish a project development process and they have fresh and extraordinary ideas to tackle all of the problems associated with the project.
The disadvantages of these teams are that there are conflicts whenever many different people from different departments work on a single project because they all have their own opinions to do things. Also, these teams are very hard to manage for the management.
- Contract Teams: Sometimes, companies bring in different teams from other companies to help them work on a specific project development process. These are experts in their fields, and they go back to their companies when the project is completed.
The advantages of these types of companies are that they work without any client training because of their experience in the field, they have easy expert engagement and they have valuable external experience.
The disadvantages of these teams are that there is a complicated project progress assessment by the external and internal teams because everyone measures progress differently, and there is a high level of responsibility assigned for the whole project to the external manager, so things are quite tough.
- Matrix Teams: These types of teams have a “two-boss” system, where different employees have to report to many different managers about the different parts of the project development process that they were a part of.
The advantages of these teams are that there is a lot of facilitation when it comes to the decision-making process.
And there is always the possibility for the manager to control the entire project development process, but without bugging the development team regarding their daily tasks.
The disadvantages of these teams are that there is a dual command issue where the two managers argue among themselves regarding authority and who should the team listen to, and there is also a complex project result assessment because the manager will measure success quite differently from one another.
2. Self-Directed Teams
These are the types of teams that do not work with a manager and they are quite independent about the decisions that they take regarding the project development process.
People who work in self-directed teams like to make up their work strategy and their work ethic that they think will lead them to success.
3. Virtual Teams
These are the team where the team members don’t meet physically in one location, and they can work from any part of the world. This type of team consists of people from many different cultures, countries with many different languages, all united to achieve a single goal.
4. Leadership Teams
This is the type of team that plays a very important role in the overall business decision process of the company. They element the middle management and the team members of this team work directly with the project teams that were described above.
This was our short guide on the different types of Teams working in the organization paradigm. If you think that we mentioned something factually incorrect, or if you want to add something to it, contact us with your suggestions and we will get back to you ASAP.
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