Selecting the right project team for events

Not sure how to select a project team?  Do you find it daunting and time consuming?  Here's how to select a team that will work together, have fun together, grow together and reap the rewards of success together.  Follow these 8 simple steps to ensuring a successful event by harnessing the best skills from your team.


Select a project team

To select the right people for a project team, you must:

Getting a team together to complete a particular work project may be a bit daunting but it still remains a critical task. Get it right, you can improve both the efficiency of the project and its outcome. You will need the right mix of skills and personalities to ensure the task gets done with the least amount of friction and the maximum effectiveness. Selecting team members can be methodical and less daunting by using the following guidelines.

1. Analyse the task and break it into units. Note each of the work skills necessary to complete these tasks/units.

2. Does the project have any particular requirements?  E.g. ability to work to tight deadlines or the availability to put in overtime.

3. Speak to your HR professional or to the employees’ Line managers for guidance on who has the right skillset

4. Ask supervisors for feedback on their communications skills and ability to work with others.

5. List all potential team members under the heading of each skill.

6. Pick out employees who have the right mix of skills and personal attributes. If you’re unsure, conduct an interview.

7. Analyse your potential team to make sure you have the right mix of “creative” and “detail” people.  You need both inspirational team members and team members who know how to implement.

8. Avoid personality clashes. Even if you believe the individuals concerned are both skilled in the right areas, if they won’t work well together, you will waste time and energy on needless conflict.

  • List potential team members under the heading of each skill.
  • Choose only logically minded people
  • Choose only creative people
  • work only with people who have experience