KB 7 DISC & Talent Management


feb 2009

a h u m a n r e s o u r c e n e w s l e t t e r

highlights of this issue - Shantanu Bhamare talks about managing amulti location team. - SwarnenduBiswashighlights the importanceofDISC. - Niket Karajagi emphasizes on talent management in the organization.

industry champion

the editor’s column

Shantanu Bhamare

Shantanu Bhamare, PMP®, MBA is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by Project Management Institute (PMI), USA. He is a Bachelor of Engineering in Computers from Pune. He is currently working with IBMas a Sr.Project Manager / ProgramManager.He has over 18 years of professional experience in the IT industry on software projects enabling a wide variety of domains such as e -Commerce,CRM & Telecom.

“Life’s ups and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goal-think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want”. In the here and now,make the best of your opportunities; nurture your talent, so the organization sees you as a talent.That’s what our founder highlights in this issue. There are various ways and tests available to analyse a person’s personality and behaviour.The one that we bring forth to you today is DISC profiling.This would help you understand how important it is to analyse a person in the organization, to know , which team he best fits. The industry champion speaks about managing Multi Location Teams which is the most important element of business in the current scenario.

MANAGING AMULTILOCATIONTEAM In the current changing scenario and global working environment, most often we have to manage multi-location teams whether we like it or not. This helps us remain competitive over others.

In this article we are going to answer some of the frequently asked questions about multi-location teams:

Why this situation occurs? Some of the reasons are as below

a) Big project b) Infrastructure issues at the current location c) Non availability of skill sets at the current location d) Number of people required are not available at the current location

e) Part of the project is given to a 3rd party vendor f) In a project there is more than one vendor g) Other reason?

Types of Multi-locationTeams

Project Manager & some of the team members

Team Member

Group of Team Members

Project Manager

Project Manager

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Team Member

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Manager at one location and all other teammembers are at different locations like a spider shape as shown in the picture.

Manager at one location and group of teammembers at more than one location like a butterfly shape as shown in the picture.

Manager & some of the team members at one location and all the other teammembers are at different locations like awasp shape as shown in the picture.

The rules of aMulti-locationTeam

a) There should be a clear purpose and focus.If you don't have this,it doesn't help you get the job done b) Unless all the participants have worked together before,you'll have to allow time to get to know each other

Advantages of aMulti-locationTeam

a) Project resources can be selected based on the person who is best suited for the project b) Team formation does not involve relocation costs c) Occasional technical experts can be added to the team regardless of their location and without the need for travel expenses d) Exchange rate between two different currencies may tempt you to make a resource in the country with a favourable exchange rate that appears to be exceptionally low priced

The challenges of aMulti-locationTeam

Managing multi-location teams effectively is a challenge for a number of reasons like: a) Relationships b) Trust c) Team skill sets f) Addition of communication complexity g) Availability of communication channels h) Distance i) Time zone differences j) Work type d) Team experience / maturity e) Team communication skills

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