Dan McCarthy had a good post last week about leading global virtual teams. As someone that’s knee-deep in forming a professional association for Agile Project Managers, this is something that hits close to home for me.
I am one of several people on the Steering Committee for the emerging Project Management Institute (PMI) Agile Forum. The team is distributed across the globe, works after-hours, and has limited face-to-face meetings. How does a volunteer group of professionals effectively coordinate their work?
A few of Dan’s points caught my attention…mostly because I don’t think we’re doing them as well as we should:
- “pay extra attention to the basic mechanics of good meeting and project management”
- “Spend a lot of time ‘off-line’ with individual team members.”
- “Build in time for some formal and informal team building”
The post is a good read and has much more, but these were the items that I need to improve on.