Accountability and Optimal Performance


When it comes to accountability in project management being able to manage your team’s performance is critical. Accountability is critical to keep your team set up for success and your project on track. Today, we will talk about how to use specific steps to use accountability to ensure success for your entire team. Let’s get started!

8 Tips for Success

These eight tips will set up not only the project manager, but also the underlying team so that they are successful too.

Set Targets: It’s easier to know what the team is shooting for if you set targets. What target are they aiming for, not only as your team but also individually?

Conduct Reviews: On a regular and scheduled basis throughout a project. It’s important to point out if a team member is missing a target that they know about it so they can stay focused on hitting that target.

Provide Feedback: People are comfortable with positive feedback as it comes as it comes as a positive influence on doing a good job. Negative feedback can be hard at times but if you learn how to word it correctly, it can come as a stepping stone to helping a person. As a project manager you will want to ask your team the questions, how can I help support you and what do you need to succeed? This will open up communication for your team members to succeed on the current project.

Track Performance: In terms of metrics it’s important to have specific factors in place that measure that you are improving. It’s also to measure what you want to improve as well and make a list of what you want to increase and decrease.

Celebrate Success: Most teams wait until the end of a project to celebrate, and it’s better to create milestones and celebrate when you come to them. This can be accomplished easily by taking your team out to lunch, taking them out for a round of drinks, and even giving the team a day off.

Reward Team Behavior: In this method it rewards the team instead of an individual. An example of this would be looking at LeBron James playing basketball. Most people recognize that LeBron plays for the Lakers, and he is a superstar, but no one seems to know the rest of the team. In reality though the rest of the team is just as important as James is and recognize collectively how important they are. If you want team performance than you have to reward team behavior.

Release or Bench Poor Performers: You might be in that situation where one person is dragging down the rest of the team as they might have a negative attitude this can affect your team members who are trying. Sometimes this person might not be trained for the position they’re set in, and they get frustrated by this. In this situation if you have the power to relocate this person to another team where their skill set is best used is the best method.

Select for Talent: If you want a project that goes smoothly and can meet all expectations than choose a team that exceeds in the areas of their strength.

When you look at how you are accountable for your team’s success in project management, then you should consider the following tips to keep your team at an optimal performance. Being able to be supportive and encouraging your team’s performance is a team effort and making your project a successful one hangs in the balance.