Remote Project Management is the future
The times when project teams were located together in the same office are disappearing fast and increasingly project managers are being asked to organise disparate groups in multiple locations across the world. Language and cultural differences as well as limitations with technology and communications make each assignment a unique challenge.
Faster and cheaper internet access and the exponential growth of the cloud is making the world ever smaller. Companies who need to source scarce skills that they can’t find locally are now finding that they can easily tap into a much larger pool of highly skilled resource world-wide. The world’s most valuable resource is knowledge and the market for services and skills is becoming truly global. In a crowded world, limiting migration is being seen as a political priority for a growing number of governments and in this environment the trend towards employing off-shore expertise is only likely to grow.
Many of the approaches that the best project managers use are far more difficult to deploy in an environment where often they’re a disembodied voice in a conference call. Eye contact, body language and the feedback you gain from being in close proximity is lost. More than that, chasing people down for a brief discussion gets trickier. Informality becomes more difficult to achieve and it gets a whole lot harder to pick up on the mood of both individuals and the wider organisation. This is an environment that amplifies the potential for misunderstandings and mistrust. The term ‘remote’ in Remote Project Management is true on so many levels.
Remote Project Management is already with us and is growing rapidly. It’s increasingly going to be the way that project management functions in the future.
This book looks at both the softer aspects of how you manage in this new paradigm for project management as well as telling you how to get the most from the available technology. The market for software packages to facilitate Remote Project Management is exploding with a wide range of videoconferencing, instant messaging, shared storage, e-mail and project management solutions available. The number of project management packages on sale, alone runs into several hundreds. The book provides information to help you select the right packages for you.