Is Virtual PM the Right Fit for You?

Naomi Caietti, PMP is managing editor of She launched her own consulting company to provide global, on-demand virtual services for clients that need a speaker, author or coach.

There has been a shift for project managers to take a more active role in managing teams that are virtual/distributed and engage in more remote work by virtual working (like at cafes, home offices or co-working in spaces that offer collaborative office space).

Are you hearing more talk about roles for virtual project managers, virtual project office or virtual teams? Maybe you are even managing some teams that are co-located in campus buildings or data centers—regionally or globally—but don’t hold the job description or title of virtual PM. Certainly, if you are doing this already, you should know what the gaps and opportunities are so you can perform better and/or make this a full-time gig.

Virtual project management may be just the role you are looking for; it sounds exciting, challenging and could offer you the flexibility for a better work/life balance. How do you take the leap? What are the benefits? What skill sets are required? Is there really a career path to becoming a virtual PM? Earlier this year, I did a little research into how this role has evolved. Let’s take a brief look at the benefits, competencies to be successful, demand in the industry, pay scale and more.

Benefits of Virtual PM
Recent industry statistics regarding virtual project management prove there are many benefits to this role. Here are just a few:

  • The virtual …

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