The IIL is a leading educational source for those in field of Project Management, and the following article describes success factors in “Managing Virtual Teams Successfully“.  As many technical and business support professionals work at home or even in other nations, the concept of virtual team management is growing in importance.

Managing Virtual Teams Successfully

Virtual teams are becoming more of the norm for organizations as they strive to acquire the best talent from anywhere in the world, minimize overhead everywhere on the earth and stretch their global presence on a worldwide basis.

Building High-Performance Teams necessitates that we utilize innovative tools and techniques to engage the audience. A study from MIT Sloan found “dispersed teams can actually outperform groups that are co-located teams, provided the right type of collaboration is in place.

As virtual teams move through the typical stages of team development (i.e., Tuckman model of forming-storming-norming-performing), they can benefit from a Simple Interactive Meaningful Practical Learning Exercise (SMILE).

Two outcomes should be considered in the following examples:

1. Quantitative Perspective    

    *** Decreasing employee turnover
    *** Reducing job-related and personal stress
    *** Increasing job satisfaction
    *** Enhancing team relationships
    *** Sustaining motivation through more productive hours

2.  Qualitative Perspective    

    *** Improving problem-solving skills
    *** Inspiring creative thinking skills
    *** Encouraging critical thinking capabilities
    *** Strengthening interpersonal skills
    *** Minimizing negative team conflict