Project Management

6 Mistakes with Remote Project Teams

PMI Toronto Chapter

Bruce is the founder of, a resource for growing IT project managers.

Project managers know how to operate in a matrix environment. That’s become par for the course. As technology and globalization become de rigueur, mastering collaboration with remote teams will become the next must-have team skill set. Whether you work from home, have an international project team or simply want to stay current, take the time to sharpen your work with remote teams.

Why studying mistakes helps you perform better
Have you ever wondered how professional athletes become better over time? Scores of articles, books and movies have been made on the topic (such as Moneyball and Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success). My favorite strategy comes from legendary football coach Bill Belichick, who built his career with three simple words: Study the tape.

By taking the time to study the tape of each game, he started to notice important patterns that are difficult to detect in the moment. Other researchers have found that medical doctors improve their performance after they witness a peer make a mistake on a procedure. These same practices apply to project managers. Look for mistakes that you and others are making is one of the best ways to improve remote team performance.

The remote work mistakes you need to understand
To set yourself up for success, check your current habits and beliefs to see if you’re making any of these mistakes. If your actions check …

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