Out of office

In working offsite, especially for extended periods of time, project managers can easily lose touch with their home office. This article looks at how project managers can maintain clear and frequent lines of communication--while working remotely from client sites--with their organizations. In doing so, it describes the risks inherent in working offsite, particularly when working in unfamiliar environments and cultures. It explains how one project manager resolved the challenge of working offsite with stakeholders located in both North and South America, noting how this project manager was able to keep all stakeholders focused on the end goal. It also suggests techniques that can help project managers motivate their offsite project teams to perform better. Accompanying this article are three sidebars: The first overviews a key trait common among project managers who excel when working offsite; the second identifies techniques that can help project managers leverage technology to help remotely connected project
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