Project Management

Maintaining Teamwork Remotely

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

Regardless of how familiar you were with remote working a couple of months ago, I’m betting you’re way more familiar with the concept now! Remote working has become the primary way that work gets done in these challenging times, and while it is obviously not a solution for all types of work, it has allowed organizations to remain more productive than would have been possible if the current COVID-19 crisis hit even a few years ago.

I also have to recognize that a number of the companies that provide virtual collaboration software have made adjustments to allow their customers to expand the use of the platforms without additional costs through relaxed licensing arrangements. And many are also offering no-cost options for organizations in certain sectors to help them survive these tough circumstances. For that, the solution providers deserve a lot of credit.

However, successful remote working is more than just access to the right software solution. It requires a different mindset, a different way of collaborating. If you have been managing a team that has always had an element of remote working in it (even if it has only been one or two people), then you are probably finding that it is relatively easy for everyone else on the team to make adjustments.

But for those of you who have been managing a project where the team was collocated—or even on site in a…

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