Complex methodologies can be used to solve problems and make decisions. Leaders and their teams can become bogged down with complicated decision-making, problem-solving, and process-improvement models when initiating team projects. Leaders should not use complicated methodologies to achieve a particular assignment. Instead, they should give their teams a simplified model.
Teams need a common model that provides a simple and consistent template for tracking task progress and charting the development and execution of actions and strategies. This model can help teams track progress, improve performance, and identify their identity.
Leaders need to be aware that decision-making models usually have 6-12 stages while problem-solving models can typically contain 7-8 stages. Many teams have difficulty understanding the complex procedures and neglect to include the stages when they can. Leaders who use a simplified process and model will increase team effectiveness and productivity.
Leaders should therefore be aware of the five key stages in the team process, which are discussed below.
This stage reflects the team’s perceptions of a new situation. This stage is crucial to the success of the team process. Teams are required to identify the circumstances surrounding a problem. Nothing is useful until the team is fully aware and clarifies these circumstances.
First, identify the task or purpose you are trying to accomplish. This should take into consideration any biases, assumptions, and constraints. Teams must also establish their goals and regulations, then determine the best outcome.
This stage serves the primary purpose of confirming the validity and accuracy the issues identified during the recognition stage. The team will then need to determine what data is needed to clarify the details of their task. The team must then prepare an analysis that explains how it will complete its task.
The decision-making phase is a rational linear process that consists of discrete events. These events should be simple and straightforward. This assumes that if each stage is done correctly, the final result will be a successful decision.
In a team environment, decision-makers must recognize the dangers inherent in recommendations that are governed by subjective criteria. To be successful, they will need to map the decision-making system that supports the whole process. Inputs must be validated and information relevant to the problem must be provided.
After clarifying and agreeing on the desired results, teams can finalize their options through decision-making. This stage is the final one. The team must use all the methods and systems it has chosen to find the best option.
The team can now act after they have completed the decision-making stage. The implementation stage is often filled with excitement, but ends with hard work.
The next stage is to put your plans into action. This involves setting up and preparing all necessary support, resources, and people. The teams must develop a plan for piloting the plan in accordance with its goals and objectives.
The team will continue to think strategically immediately after implementation. They will identify limiting factors that must be reduced, and avoid short-term fixes that are negative, synergies, adhocism and sabotage that could hinder the project’s progress. This stage allows you to track the actual progress and compare it with the plan’s results.
The team completes the project by completing assessments and follow ups. This allows the team to move onto other projects, problems, or concerns.