Project Teaming Principles
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Project Teaming Principles

Nine powerful principles to 10X your team

About the Book

In "Project Teaming Principles," Adam Russell delivers an uplifting guide for creating high-performance project teams. Drawing on decades of experience in project management and team dynamics, Adam distills the essence of team success into nine actionable principles. This book is not just another manual on teamwork; it's a comprehensive blueprint for fostering self-organising, resilient, and mutually supportive teams. From the foundational "There’s No 'I' in Team" to the innovative "Practice Awesomisation," each principle is presented with practical insights and real-world examples illuminating the path to team excellence. Russell's engaging style and deep expertise make complex concepts accessible and actionable, providing valuable tools for novice and seasoned project managers. Whether struggling with underperforming teams or looking to elevate your team's performance to new heights, "Project Teaming Principles" offers the guidance you need. Embrace these principles and discover how to unlock your team's full potential, drive fast and furious value delivery, and create a collaborative dream team environment. Available now on Leanpub, this book is your key to transforming team dynamics and achieving extraordinary project success.

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About the Author

Adam Russell
Adam Russell

Adam writes about project management on his blog “Adam On Projects” and in his books and other content at He is also an expert in applying ChatGPT to project environments and has written several books on ChatGPT.

Adam coaches and mentors other project managers, and consults on various projects around the world.

Adam Russell has successfully delivered software development, software package, and systems integration projects for nearly 40 years, using both Agile and traditional approaches.

Adam started as a software developer, and then moved into pre-sales technical support when the IBM PC launched. He launched his project management career after he helped to close a significant government deal. The head of projects said: “You helped sell it. Now, you can deliver it”.

Since then, Adam has worked for companies ranging from 1-person startups to global tier-1 vendors and customer organisations in roles ranging from hands-on project manager through to General Manager of Systems Integration.

In those roles, Adam has been responsible for delivering hundreds of projects, ranging in budget from $5k up to over $100m. Adam also volunteers his time and skills with non-profit organisations.

Table of Contents

    • Getting Engaged with this Book and its Author
    • Introduction
    • Project Teams—Why Are They Important?
      • Teams Are Fundamental
      • The Good Team Experience
      • How Do We Avoid or Fix Bad or Underperforming Teams?
    • Principle-Based Team-Building
      • Principle-Based Foundation
    • Principles to Building a High-performance Project Team
      • The Principles in Summary
      • Principles Unlock Subconscious Behavior.
    • Principle #1—There’s No “I” in Team
      • Introduction
      • Individual Responsibilities That Interfere with Team-Building
      • How to Get People to Start Committing to the Team
    • Principle #2—Deliver Value: Fast and Furious
      • Introduction
      • Value, Speed, and Passion
      • Identifying the Barriers to Value, Speed, and Passion
      • Generating Speed, Value, and Passion
    • Principle #3—Share the Dream
      • Introduction
    • Principle #4—Do Your Job, But Don’t Get in the Way
      • Introduction
      • Three Common but Dysfunctional Perspectives
      • The Team Perspective
    • Principle #5—Demand Accountability
      • Introduction
      • Accountability Phobia
      • Accountability Failures
      • Fostering a Cult of Accountability
    • Principle #6—Leave Footprints
      • Introduction
      • The Sins of Documentation
      • Need Is Evident
      • The Agile Experience
      • The Waterfall Experience
      • Documentation Is Good and Necessary
    • Principle #7—Disrupt Respectfully
      • Introduction
      • Create Harmony by Airing Out Dissonance
      • Stop Being So Sensitive
      • Problems Don’t Get Better with Age
    • Principle #8—Undermine Bureaucracy
      • Introduction
      • What Is Bureaucracy?
      • Problems with Bureaucracy
      • Undermining Bureaucracy
    • Principle #9—Practice Awesomization
      • Introduction
      • Team Incentives
      • It’s All Really So Easy
      • Celebrating Awesomeness
      • The Jar of Awesome
      • Caution
    • Where to from Here?
    • More from Adam Russell
    • About the Author
      • Life Summary
      • Career Summary
    • Copyright

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