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Project Management and Virtual Teams 1 Project Management and Virtual Teams Cesar Campana, MMIS0627 Graduate Student, Nova Southeastern University School of Computer and Information Sciences September, 2011 Author Note Cesar Campana, Graduate Student, School of Computer and Information Sciences, Nova Southeastern University. Correspondence concerning this paper should be addressed to Cesar Campana, 2240 SW 50 Av, Fort Lauderdale Fl 33317. E-mail: cc1604@nova.edu Background
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Project Management and Virtual Teams 2 A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result . ( PMBOK guide, 2008) . Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.( Pg, 6). It must also follow a process that leads to sound decision making and creates a high level of trust and accountability with all involved in the implementation (Motiwalla, 2012). It is management, but five characteristics make it unique: responsibility without authority, its source of power, project transience, the observation that you get what you get, and the need for specialized tools and techniques ( Hallows, 2005). Between the tools and techniques, the good administration of resources is a part of the good management. Today, the Human Resources are not available just in the same city, or in the same country. The Human Resources are available in the world. A project can have resources in different states and different countries. The Project Manager will need to have a very good strategy to manage the team without causing any problems to any member. The Manager will have a difference of 10 – 12 hours, from United States to India, for example. In this case, the Manager will have to schedule really well the meetings to work with the people there without affecting too much his/their hours. This is what is called Virtual Teams. A virtual team is a group of individuals who work across time and space using communication technologies. Team members might all work for the same company in the same country, or they might include employees as well as independent consultants, suppliers, or even volunteers providing their expertise from around the globe ( Schwalbe, 2010). This methodology will save time and money to the company because the resources will be working 24 hours in different parts of the world. I have found three sources that companies should know review about Virtual teams.
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Project Management and Virtual Teams 3 The first one is Managing Virtual Teams, written by Rick Cusolito. This article was retrieved from: http://www.butrain.com/project-management-training-courses/VirtualTeams.asp The article explain the reader the different situations that they will be facing. The author focuses in situations that Virtual Teams always will have. The problems that he is showing are problems already included in every group that will be working as a Virtual Team. Those are permanent situations. I like this reading because the authors focus on realistic situations and
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