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What is a Team Leader?

A team leader is an important member of a collaborative project team. This individual or group of individuals is responsible for planning, executing and promoting the activities that a project undertakes. 

A project may also have several team leaders who split the duties of a team leader among them.

What are the benefits of project leadership?

As a team leader, you and your organization will be seen as an industry leader, with the following particular benefits:

  • Individual and Company recognition on TM Forum website and in Community
  • Individual and company recognition in published documents
  • If required part-take in  interviews for both internal TM Forum and industry publications on work of team
  • Quotes in press releases
  • Special recognition at Action Week events
  • Letters of recognition to management
  • Access to Team Leaders Group Conference calls
  • Team Leader Recognition

What are the responsibilities of a team leader?

The team leader is responsible for planning, executing and promoting activities that a project undertakes.  At a high level, the team leader is responsible for:

  • Ensure project is developed in line with TM Forum IPR policy
  • Encourage all participants to take an active role in the project
  • Ensure participants have a clear understanding of what they need to complete and when
  • Drive the project team for on time delivery
  • Lead the design, planning and execution validation activities
  • Identify key companies required to position for industry adoption

Specifically, some of the activities required are:

  • Point of contact for members wishing to join and participate in the project.
  • Set-up and management of team meetings
  • Organize any necessary meetings to progress team work (weekly, daily, or ad-hoc as appropriate)
  • Plan and execute meetings at Action Week and any other face-to-face meetings as required.
  • Work with TM Forum staff to:
    • Define roles and staffing needs, and to reach commitment on staffing and deliverables.
    • Manage escalation activities and organize discussions to address issues related to program members not fulfilling commitments.
  • Define and manage team structure and associated modifications
  • Assign team responsibilities
  • Manage delivery of the agreed roadmap items, specifically as applies to the project and outlined within the charter.
  • Monitor progress and manage risks to and recovery of any schedule slippages
  • Owner and principal editor for the team charter including oversight of any sub-team charters.

What experience and skills are required for the team leader position?

  • Experience of managing collaborative development projects with fixed deadlines
  • Track record of presenting to stakeholders, ability to understand their requirements and find pragmatic ways to meet their needs
  • Strong communications skills – verbal, written and presentation
  • An ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds

What is the time commitment for a team leader?

While the amount of actual time will depend on various factors such as experience, if it is a co-leader position and maturity of the given project topic, this role typically requires approximately 10 hours per work week time committed to the role, namely:

    • Including two full-week dedicated attendance at Action Weeks, one in Europe, one in the US
    • Including attendance at bi-weekly Collaboration Program Team Leader coordination one-hour conference call meeting
    • Group meetings as deemed necessary to deliver to project charter commitments
    • Administrative time as necessary to fulfill responsibilities above

How do I apply to be a team leader?

Here is the application to become a Team Leader Team-Leader_Application_Template_Ver1-2.docx



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