Part 100: Virtual Teams
(Project Resource Management: Acquire Resources)
(Project Resource Management: Develop Team)

  • A Virtual Team does not have to meet face-to-face
  • Virtual Teams communicate through e-mail, social media, and video conferencing
  • Advantages of Virtual Teams include the ability to
    • Form teams from individuals who live in different geographic areas
    • Obtain special expertise from individuals who are in different geographic areas
    • Incorporate employees who work from home
    • Form teams that work a variety of shifts
    • Include people with disabilities
    • Engage in projects that would not be cost-effective due to travel expenses
  • Disadvantages of Virtual Teams include
    • Misunderstandings
    • Feelings of isolation
    • Difficulties of sharing knowledge and experience
    • Cost of technology
  • Communication planning is more important with Virtual Teams