In the increasingly complex world in which we now live, it is standard practice to establish a team structure to solve complex issues. Whenever a manager needs to ensure an outcome is delivered which can meet the needs of all constituent groups, the tendency is to form a large team to ensure all voices are heard.
However most of us have worked in teams that seem to go nowhere, although this is often viewed as the result of ‘people issues’ or the lack of proper project management practices. But what are the dangers inherent in the very notion of the team structure?
This article by Ray Williams titled ‘How teamwork can damage productivity‘ provides some cautionary advice on the use of teams and avoiding the urge to establish a team for everything.