Project Management

Build a Virtual Team Work Infrastructure to Avoid Collaboration Misfires

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

Congratulations! You have put in place rigorous project management processes and you have great people working, some in virtual teams.

But wait, all is not well…

  • You see good interactions and collaboration in the teams, but deliverables and artifacts are chronically late or of substandard quality.
  • Project artifacts and deliverables are being completed on time, but not everyone on the team is participating in their creation.
  • You get complaints from certain business controls specialists (such as risk, legal or compliance) who feel they are not involved in your project enough, even though they have been assigned to teams. As far as you can see, the complainers are not from one department or group.  

The Need for a Coherent Strategy
Don’t blame the teams! It’s not their fault. Virtual teams have special communication obstacles that are not necessarily solved elegantly by the communication tools available in your project. Sure you have applications that store team docs and manage version control, and you have applications that allow your team to interact with ease in social media. What you may not have is a coherent strategy for their use by teams.

A coherent strategy will do two important things: It will provide tools to virtual teams in a way that will improve their efficiency and it will make it easy for all …

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