| Umair Nasar
Team Conflicts in Project Management
There can be conflicts between stakeholders in a project. These can be anything – Counter ideas, project pressure, unexpected requirements, budget limitations, or individual ego disputes.
Conflicts in organizations generally result in negative consequences for everyone involved from the top management to the rank-and-file employees. This can cause projects to suffer temporary setbacks, leading to increased costs and time overruns.
It is important to address conflicts in a timely manner so that project progress and employee productivity are not hindered.
In certain scenarios, some team members may have difficulty aligning their work on tasks. When there is no agreed upon roadmap, tasks can become scattered and unfinished. This can lead to conflict and affect the team's overall progress. Each team member should be aware of their specific responsibilities and timelines for completing the project.
If a project manager makes poor decisions about task distribution and project tracking, the entire focus of the team becomes disturbed. This can lead to problems with employee responsibilities, which delays the final product.
It can often happen that team members work on tasks without knowing what the progress of the tasks of their colleagues are. This lack of communication can cause projects to stall. To help keep everyone on track, it is essential to have clear communication. This allows everyone to know what is expected of them, which minimizes the chances of task duplication.
Coordination between team members is necessary to ensure a project is completed on time. However, different individuals may have different working styles, which may lead to conflicts and eventually delays in the project.
Project teams can have members with different personality traits. Some are fast learners and others are more creative. Some are shy while others are more outgoing. Differences in beliefs, attitudes, and social styles can lead to misunderstandings, misconceptions, and conflicts.
Every project has unique requirements that need to be taken into account when allocating resources. But, many organizations often cut corners in order to save money, which can have drastic consequences on the project. The equipment purchase is pending, new hires have not been made, and the client bill remains unpaid. This has led to conflicts among project managers, and it is necessary to plan the budget before beginning the project. Additionally, it is necessary to track down any unnecessary expenses to avoid overspending.
The complexity of a project can increase unexpectedly as its requirements are added. At this point, the project may begin to lose its coherence and may become more difficult to manage. The requirement comes as a surprise to some of your team members, who may not be willing or able to work on it extra. With unclear responsibilities and a lack of clarity, the team morale is likely to suffer, resulting in conflicts.
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