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What are the benefits of delegation?

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What do you think are the benefits of delegation in project management? I know that it reduces some work of the project managers' shoulders, but that aside, are there other benefits? Can it help propel the career of the project manager? Is it beneficial for the project team and the organization as a whole? Please explain
asked 7 years ago by anonymous

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There are many benefits to delegating tasks other than alleviating some of the work from the project manager, including:

- Creating more confident team members
- Preparing someone from the team to become a project manager
- Knowing who's able to accomplish some work outside his area of expertise and who's not
- Passing some PM knowledge to other people
- Boosting morale and motivation (for the person that is executing the delegated tasks)

The above are the benefits to the project team. The main benefit from for the organization is that in general, productivity and efficiency will increase.
answered 7 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
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When the project manager has a trusted team that can deliver within defined parameters and processes and meet success criteria (i.e. work the plan) there are several key benefits:

- the team is able to accomplish more as a group than as an individual (i.e. increased productivity)
- there is business continuity - more than one person will know how to deliver the project/project tasks/assignments
- delegation becomes a means by which to increase employee capacity and skills by learning
- delegation helps with time management; if more skilled employees are taking on more complex tasks, this will leave the project manager with more time to develop the less skilled employees
- finally, delegation and rotation of assignments will keep tasks from becoming repetitive and/or boring.

An important key is having the right resources and a trusted team.  Therefore, human resource planning is required to make sure that employees are not given tasks beyond their experience and training and that there be a professional development plan in place for all.  The skils and experience of the team need to be leveraged and guided for success.

One way this happens in software development environments, for example, is that new developers are assigned to maintenance and testing tasks first. That ensures they learn the coding standards, development processes, and objectives of the software before creating new code.
answered 7 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points) edited 7 years ago by sdcapmp
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