With the ever-increasing outsourcing, off-shoring, and specialization efforts of today’s global business environment, virtual teams are becoming the norm of project teams. Virtual teams can be advantageous to any organization when coupled with proper communication and adequate control. The virtual team environment, however, can carry inherent disadvantages that must be successfully managed throughout the project life cycle.
This one-day workshop will cover the challenges, potential pitfalls, best practice recommendations, and lessons learned in leading virtual project teams. Participants will be introduced to the purported advantages and common constraints of the virtual team environment. This will be followed by discussion and application of better (and useful) practices to capitalize on the advantages while limiting the impact of communication and control constraints in the virtual project team setting.
Members of virtual project teams.
Introduction to the Virtual Environment
- Virtuosity in the Global Environment
- A Taste of Global Business Communications
Primer on Virtual Teams
- Definitions and Types
- Influences on the Virtual Team Push
- Project Team Perspective: Old vs. New
- Virtual Team Myths
Challenges of Virtual Teams
- Common Ground(s)
- Roles and Responsibilities
Virtual Team Best Practices