The Art to Select the Appropriate Development Methods for a Project Team: A Case Study

Malgorzata Smolska
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XXV, Issue 1, 527-537, 2022
DOI: 10.35808/ersj/2867


Purpose: The main purpose of this article is to present how to select the appropriate development methods for a project team in business practice, taking into account the diverse needs of team members and business realities. Design/Methodology/Approach: The article consists of three parts. The first one covers the characteristics of the specifics of project teamwork and an attempt to define the project team management. The second part concerns the determination of areas, legitimacy and frequency of using development methods, including training, consulting, coaching and mentoring in the work of the project team. In the third part, the author describes practical case studies of using different development methods for the project team in business reality. Findings: The selection of development methods in a project team should depend on the project team, its specifications and the nature of work. Different project teams and their current needs may require variously matched sets of development methods. However, it is important to diagnose the development needs of project team members on an ongoing basis, both those of a team and individual nature. The key role in this matter is the role of the project manager, team leader or external consultant to carefully examine the needs of the entire team, as well as select development tools, taking into account time, cost optimization and the intended development effects. Practical Implications: Modern managers should focus on examining the needs of team members and the art of selecting appropriate development methods before planning the development process of a entire team. In case of uncertainty how to choose the appropriate development methods, it is worth using the services of external consultants. Originality/Value: The concept of the art of selecting appropriate development methods shows that an individual approach is justified in planning team development processes. In addition, it explains the need to consider the perspective of individual team members and organizations in terms of benefits and costs.

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