Project Management

The Benefits and Challenges of Remote Project Management

Mudassir is a consultant and trainer in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

In theory, virtual teams allow project managers to build ideal teams without many of the constraints they would otherwise face. For employees, they allow flexibility and freedom to achieve an optimal work-life balance.

At the same time, remote project management comes with certain hurdles. While it lets businesses progressively compete in an increasingly globalized society, the real challenge lies in adapting to the new workplace—which is essential now more than ever as virtual teams become more essential. 

Let’s look at some of the benefits and challenges of remote project management.

Benefits of Remote PM

1. Improved task ownership: Leading teams is a fundamental component of project management. That being said, your team must be equipped with the freedom and confidence to put forth alternative problem-solving techniques. Project teams (especially horizontal ones) have absolute visibility into the projects they are involved in. Subsequently, they comprehend the distinctions of every task and soon become the best judge to evaluate its urgency. Not only does this help them support each other, it promotes leadership and innovation—resulting in smooth project delivery.

2. Cost-effective: Working remotely is relatively cost-effective for both employer and employees. Office space and other financial expenses (such as utilities, system …

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