Project Management Institute

Global Program Management

Solutions for the Next Generation of Programs

In the rapidly growing international economy, global projects are becoming increasingly common. This article discusses numerous challenges faced by global project management, such as language barriers, communications synchronization across time zones, and training requirements. As the use of widely dispersed project teams increases, so too do various resources that support these 'virtual' teams. Some organizations are establishing Virtual Project Management Offices (VPMOs), and creating global change management processes that address these new issues. Effective communications strategies are necessary to enable people to talk to one another in real time across the globe. Leadership structures are becoming more important as decisions become increasingly decentralized, and tomorrow's global managers will need to be highly capable.
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