The use of virtual teams creates new possibilities when acquiring project team members. 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. The availability of electronic communication such as e-mail, audio conferencing, web-based meetings and video conferencing has made such teams feasible. The virtual team format makes it possible to:
• Form teams of people from the same company who live in widespread geographic areas,
• Add special expertise to a project team even though the expert is not in the same geographic area,
• Incorporate employees who work from home offices,
• Form teams of people who work different shifts or hours,
• Include people with mobility limitations or disabilities, and
• Move forward with projects that would have been ignored due to travel expenses.
Communication planning becomes increasingly important in a virtual team environment. Additional time may be needed to set clear expectations, facilitate communications, develop protocols for resolving conflict, include people in decision-making, and share credit in successes.
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