While managing three virtual software implementations, this writer learned several tactical tips to remember when working with virtual teams.
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A snip here and a stitch there. Let out a bit over here. Don't suck in your stomach! There, you have a kick-off meeting fit for a virtual team, no matter how spread out it has become.
One of the misconceptions a lot of new project managers have is the idea that teamwork is something that is only required some of the time. That’s not real teamwork. We must learn to create the environment and let the work happen.
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. But they also come with challenges...
Do you take care of your dog the same way you take care of your fish? Not if you want to keep him happy. The same idea holds for virtual teams--they require a special kind of handling.
Project teams often use sports metaphors to motivate each other, but be careful. There are some dangers with it that don’t exist—or at least aren’t as important—in a sports setting.
The last element of a high-performing project team isn’t a title or a skillset. It’s culture. But the right culture doesn’t happen by chance. Here, the author of a guide to leading digital initiatives shares five core values for building winning teams.
Transferring a team deliverable from continent to continent carries with it additional risks in addition to those expected from co-located workforces. There are planning and facilitation tactics you can use to mitigate these risks—and even build improved collaboration in the process.
Collaboration is a tool that helps propel projects and teams to new heights. But how do you collaborate successfully while many or all of the workers involved are not physically in the office? Keep these four tips in mind.
There is still a tendency to equate success with "hard work," and "hard work" with long hours. But one of the most important things we have to learn to become effective leaders is when the time has come to do nothing.