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What is Team Management?

Team Management refers to the techniques, methods and activities needed to manage and coordinate a group of individuals to perform a particular task. Team management includes communication management, teamwork, goal setting, performance management and more. Team management also includes dealing with conflicts within the group.

What is Team Management?

Team Management refers to the techniques, methods and activities needed to manage and coordinate a group of individuals to perform a particular task. Team management includes communication management, teamwork, goal setting, performance management and more. Team management also includes dealing with conflicts within the group.

In teams, the team leader plays a key role. It is his or her job to choose and use the right leadership style for the group in order to increase its productivity. An effective leader is essential for the success of teams in general.

Teams come in many shapes and sizes. These teams work independently or together. If all goes well, all these teams are aligned to pursue the same common goal. Team management is different from management teams. A management team is a type of team that deals with tasks such as managing, advising and training employees and teams or divisions.

Managing a remote team

For some time now, the office is no longer the only place where teams or individuals work together on common organisational goals. The trend started several years ago and has been reinforced by the coronavirus crisis.

According to Forbes, increased working from home comes with some challenges: lack of supervision, lack of access to information, social isolation and distractions. Tips cited for managing teams or distance are:

  • Scheduling a daily check-in call
  • Proper and plentiful communication
  • Using the opportunities that technology offers up
  • Devising rules of engagement
  • Managing expectations
  • Focusing on outcomes, not on activities
  • Defining these outcomes
  • Providing proper resources
  • Being flexible
  • Encouraging social interaction
  • Removing barriers

Self-managed teams

Self-managed teams are increasing in popularity. A self-managed team is a self-organised, (semi) autonomous group working towards a collective goal.

A manager determines the general direction of a project or task, after which the team itself determines, plans and carries out the daily activities. They do this under reduced supervision or no supervision at all. The manager then only has contact with the team for updates, problems or requests for additional resources.

A self-managed team (SMT) has the freedom to decide on everything within the limits.

Team task management

Task management includes the process of managing all tasks, including planning, testing, reporting, executing, etc. Task management helps employees and team members to achieve goals efficiently and to enable groups to work together to share knowledge.

Effective task management requires proper management of all the above aspects. All aspects of the various tasks to be carried out are assessed, including their complexity from high to low. The status, priority, dependency, repetition, resources and things like notifications are also important here.

Managing multiple tasks and people in teams is often supported by special software, such as project management software or workflow software.

Characteristics of successful teams

There are a number of characteristics or attributes of successful teams that can be deduced from an analysis of these.

Leadership in teams

One is cohesive leadership. Leadership is crucial for a team to become successful. Although we have seen that there are also self-managing teams, in these teams there are individuals who naturally take the lead.

Coherent leadership means that leaders and decision-makers work together as a unit and make decisions that are focused on the common end goal.

Communication in teams

Effective communication is also important in teams. In both self-directed groups and managed teams, it is important to have an effective communication system in place, with a chain of command from top to bottom and vice versa.

A reliable and effective communication system ensures that employees can make decisions without delay and with the greatest precision, accelerating progress to the finish line.

Objectives in teams

At the start of a project and when team members first start working together, they will each come with different views, ideas and visions.

A crucial part of making a team successful is to agree on objectives. It is important to develop a goal or several goals that the whole team wants to work towards. In this way, everyone will do their utmost to achieve the goal.

Roles and responsibilities in teams

Another obstacle to a successful team is a poor definition of roles and responsibilities. If it is unclear to employees what is expected of them, their ultimate contribution will be minimal. It is therefore important that the team leader outlines the various roles and responsibilities within the team so that there is no lack of clarity and the team can work together as an integral unit.

Team management tips & tricks

The articles with the tag team management are about the different methods, techniques, supporting tools and other key information regarding managing effectively.

Johari Window Model

October 7th, 2020

This article describes the Johari Window Model, developed by psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham in 1955 in a practical way. After reading you will understand the definition, meaning and basics of this powerful Communication Skills and Coaching tool.…

Tubbs Systems Model

March 2nd, 2020

This article provides a practical explanation of the Tubbs Systems Model. After reading, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful management tool. What is the Tubbs System Model? The Tubbs System Model is a linear model of group…

Team Effectiveness Assessment

January 21st, 2020

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Margerison McCann Team Management Profile

January 6th, 2020

This article explains the Margerison McCann Team Management Profile in a practical way. After reading, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful management tool. What is the Margerison McCann Team Management Profile? The Margerison McCann Team Management Profile is…

GRPI Model

August 23rd, 2019

This article provides a practical explanation of GRPI Model. After reading, you’ll have a basic understanding of this powerful management tool. What is the GRPI Model? In the 1970s, the American organisational development scientist Richard Beckhard discovered that there…

Team Action Management (TAM)

March 9th, 2015

This article explains Team Action Management (TAM) by Albert Humphrey in a practical way. After reading you will understand the basics of this powerful team development and performance management tool. Introduction Performance improvement can only be successful when organizations know…

Losada Line Model by Marcial Losada

October 20th, 2014

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