We talked about Plan Procurements in Chapter Planning Project VTEResources

Virtual teams Virtual teams are the last tool and technique of this process. Virtual teams don't necessarily work in the same location, but their members all share the goals of the project and have a role to fulfill. This type of team allows you to include folks from different geographic locations, those who work different hours or shifts than the other team members, those with mobility limitations, and so on. According to the PMBOKĀ® Guide, "Virtual teams can be defined as groups of people with a shared goal, who fulfill their roles with little or no time spent meeting face to face." In today's wonderful world of technology, team members can use the Internet, email, videoconferencing, teleconferencing, and more to meet and communicate on a regular basis. This of course brings to light the importance of communication. Make certain all team members are aware of the protocols for communicating in a virtual team environment, understand the expectations, and are clear regarding decision making processes.

It's vital in this type of team structure that you, as the project manager, give credit to the appropriate team members for their performance and actions on the project. You might be the only one who fully understands the contributions individual team members have made. When teams are co-located, members have the opportunity to see for themselves the extraordinary efforts others are making on the project. Virtual team members don't necessarily know what their teammates have contributed to the project (or the level of effort they've exerted), so it's up to you to let everyone know about outstanding performance.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know aboutā€¦ Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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