Project Team Member

Project team members are the individuals who actively work on one or more phases of the project, and are the heart of any project and the true engine of its work is its membership. They may be in-house staff or external consultants, working on the project on a full-time or part-time basis. Team members gradually develop effective patterns for working together, making decisions, and communicating. Cohesion is undermined when too many people join or exit the team, which is why bringing the right people is extremely important. Team member roles can vary according to each project.

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Last Updated: October 18, 2019

Project Team Member duties include:

Attitude/Cooperation:

  • Actively, participate in meetings and discussions to share knowledge, expertise, ideas, and information
  • Collaborate and communicate with other team members, including those outside your specialty
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Support other team members when needed
  • Commit to team objectives
  • Respect others' contributions
  • Proactively look for ways to improve team performance

Objective Completion:

  • Successfully perform the tasks that have been allocated
  • Validate your work as early as possible, working with others to do so
  • Contribution to overall project objectives and specific team deliverables
  • Identification and escalation of issues and/or risks affecting the project and/or deliverables
  • Keep the project manager informed of progress and any issues or risks as they arise
  • Clarify any ambiguity with the customer
  • Acquire various resources necessary to execute the project plan

 

Although the skills needed to accomplish the work should govern team selection, keep in mind that you’re unlikely to get all the know-how you need without providing some training.

Consider the following areas of proficiency:

  • Technical skills in a specific discipline
  • Problem-solving skills enabling individuals to analyze difficult situations or impasses and to craft solutions
  • Interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to collaborate effectively with others—a critical aspect of team-based work
  • Organizational skills, including networking, communicating well with other parts of the company and navigating the political landscape

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