When discussing the responsibilities of various associates involved in project management, team members play a crucial role. Team members will be assigned duties that assist in accomplishing the overall goal of the project. These assigned tasks and duties are important to the overall success of the project and must be done in a timely manner to ensure compliance with the project plan’s timeline. Team members will be expected to keep project management apprised of their progress. Depending on the needs and organizational structure of the project, team members may be instructed to report directly to the project manager after completing tasks. In other instances, team members may be told to report to another associate involved in the project management and not the project manager directly.
The many tasks that the project is comprised of are each important pieces of the whole project. Team members may be asked by project management to work on goals, tasks or milestones only- and have no other duties or responsibilities. Some projects may require team members to perform tasks for the project while still accomplishing their regular assigned duties.
This term is defined in the 3rd and the 4th edition of the PMBOK.