The Spanish Football Team: Example of The Importance Of Teamwork In The Success Of A Project

Our last post (6 Key Factors of Failure Projects) initiated a series of articles on the most common key factors for failure in project management and how to avoid them to be successful. Let’s start with the last of those mistakes listed (6. Giving the team a minor role in the project) taking advantage of the importance of one of the most important news of recent days: the victory on Sunday 11 July of the Spanish Team in Football World Cup 2010 held in South Africa. Congratulations!

Spain national Football Team

Well, what has this to do with project management? A lot, you’ll see. A football team is not very different from any other group of people working together to achieve a common goal. In addition, the success of the Spanish National Team has a lot to do with the importance given to the team and each and every one of the members of the group over any other factor. Even the Spanish coach, Vicente del Bosque, has wanted to avoid throughout the tournament of his own relevance and has stated on numerous occasions that “the success is due to the players” above any other factor. It shows that the quality and qualifications of team members, the collective effort towards the same goal and the proper internal environment of the group is above the methodologies and work plan. It is also essential that the team may perceive its major role in the project and thus is so considered by the project leader and all influential people in the organization. What importance do you give to the team on the success of your projects? How do you think may be transmitted to the team that it has the key role in achieving the stated objectives?

 

Up With Your Projects!

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7 Responses to The Spanish Football Team: Example of The Importance Of Teamwork In The Success Of A Project

February 10, 2011 ·
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First of all, wonderful article! It gave seeds to a few thoughts that I would like to post here. Teamwork is a dynamic process involving people with complementary backgrounds and skills, share common goals and exercise concentrated effort in assessing, planning, evaluating and executing towards the common goal. However, there are significant difficulties that are common while building group work among individuals. We should take into consideration cultural and indivisual differences, workplace issues, social differences, education differences and gender disparities. Unsolved communication barriers, poor commitment from all stakeholders undermine the spirit of team. We must also take into consideration factors such as differences in religious belief systems. Organizations often fail to design practical policies to govern teamwork programs, so all efforts become obsolete sooner that they can settle to become useful for any community.

February 11, 2011 ·
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Thanks for your comment, George!

You’re right, there are lot of factors that we have to consider. Team members are like the pieces of a puzzle and we must make them fit together to achieve our goals.

Regards!

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