This is a bit off topic but thought I could share a story that might help someone else.
This past week my daughter was assigned a project at school with 4 other classmates. She came to me in a panic yesterday because none of her project team members did any of the tasks they were assigned. And it's due tomorrow. We had to run to 3 stores trying to find materials and didn't find everything they needed.
So now she is upset because they may not meet their deadline. I asked her how she was going to handle this when she gets to school. Her response was "Well, I'll just have to do everything my self from now on because I can't trust anyone to do anything." (Does this sound like our projects sometimes?)
So speaking with her a bit more, I offered to help her learn how to better manage her projects. I came up with a simple approach that she could easily remember in the future. Tell me what you think:
G = What is the Goal of the project? Make sure everyone understands it. They don't necessarily have to agree with it, but they must work toward the same goal.
O = Be Open to opinions, suggestions and changes. Make sure to point out that everyone is important to this team and that all suggestions and opinions will be considered as long as it keeps the goal of the project on track.
T = List all the Tasks of the project and set the due date for each one.
I = Who are the Individual members of the team. What tasks will each person do? Who would be the best person for each task?
M = Motivate the team by managing their time. Meet with each person to make sure they are on time with their tasks. If not, ask them what they are going to do to get back on track.
E = Set Expectations. Make sure everyone on the team reviews their tasks and due dates. Keep everyone on task by regularly reviewing these and making sure they understand the expectations of the project.