In the course of the last minute push, tension and anxiety can really mount among the team members especially if the time remaining appears to be little. To ensure that team members manage to compose themselves in the remaining time, majority of the responsibility rests with the team leader. Therefore, the first strategy the team should employ involves identifying the group leader. This individual should exhibit leadership qualities and act as the point of contact coordinating the entire project process (Kelly, 2001). Employing this strategy will ensure that the group is organized, issues are clarified and the project is accomplished in time.

One strategy that should then be applied should involve the team leader. He or she should try to motivate the rest of the team and instill a “don’t give up” mentality in them. The leader should then set a good example exhibiting immense drive to complete and the rest of the members are guaranteed to follow suit (Kelly, 2001). The leader should also endeavor in identifying what motivates the team and incorporate it in the attempts of completing the project.

More often than not, the leader does not get to choose the team members he is assigned in a group project. Therefore, he or she should learn how to get the best out of each member. People exhibit different qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Identification of their talents and giving suitable responsibilities is a good idea. If every team member is motivated, they then become interested and the progress of completing the project will run smoothly in time before the deadline day (Kelly, 2001). Failure to do this will lead to disputes among the team members thus wasting more time. The team leader should listen to group ideas and incorporate them in the project process appropriately. In addition, he or she should employ constructive criticism in the discussions of choosing one idea from the other.

Another strategy that can assist in motivating the team through the final push lies behind the establishment of an honest and open communication among the tem members, especially on matters relating to the project process; what each member’s progress is and the weak and strong points of each member. If an honest and open form of communication is established, the leader will know what to expect from each individual and therefore proceed on accordingly (Kelly, 2001). Another strategy would include formulating a work timeline and delegating various responsibilities to group members. Formulating a timeline will enable the team to be time conscious and therefore adjust their performances in accordance with the time remaining.

Additionally, work delegation will also assist in completing the work in time. This allows each member to perform to their strengths as work will be assigned according to personal attributes and suitability (Jacobs, 2010). More so, time is also saved when various issues are handled separately rather than one at a time by the entire group. This should help keep each team member on the same track and facilitate the identification of a member who is moving at a slow pace. It is easier to identify where progress is slow when work is delegated compared to when it is done universally by the team.

Another strategy involves assigning a team member with the responsibility of organizing and editing the final pieces of the entire project. This team member should exhibit good qualities in performing such practices. Delegating such responsibility ensures that there will not be any last minute rush on deadline day to ensure the final piece of the project is complete. In addition, the editor should have an assistant who will follow up on any missing piece while the editor completes his work (Jacobs, 2010). This will save the editor enough time to focus on his responsibility rather than following up on other members for incomplete work.

In my opinion, if the above suggested strategies are employed in the course of the final push of a project, the team members will be thus motivated complete the project in time. My further advice includes formulating an efficient time table in future projects to prevent final push situations.



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