Ties That Bind Virtual Teams

Priya Sanjeevi Raja, PMP is assistant project manager, Write IT Solutions Pvt. Ltd. She has managed virtual teams for more than four years. She leads a team of instructional designers for an all-woman company that offers content development services based out of Bangalore, India. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication. She has 15 years’ experience in e-learning and journalism domains.

Abstract
This article describes how virtual teams are increasing in popularity. Companies are utilizing virtual teams to bring together ideas, talents, resources, and opportunities. Virtual teams are now offering Indian women the opportunity to work out the perfect work-life balance. In the face of such transitioning times, project managers need certain handy tricks and tips up their sleeves to effectively manage virtual teams. This article explores various virtual-team-management strategies as implemented by the author within a virtual team of women e-learning professionals. Through the article, project managers will be able to identify tried and tested methods for managing virtual teams.

Introduction
Virtual teams comprise individuals based at different locations across the globe grouped together for a project. Today, virtual teams are redefining the way we work, fast replacing colocated teams and traditional brick and mortar offices. 

In his article, “How remote teams are becoming the future of work” (2016), Gregory Ciotti said, “Remote working has showed healthy growth with an 80% increase in telecommunicating employees from 2005 to 2012.”

A London Business School article, “Majority will work remotely by 2020 say executives” (2014), reported that more than half of the 600 executives, entrepreneurs, and business academics …

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