Virtual reality

Despite the fact that more organizations are assembling virtual project teams, and that such teams are increasingly reliant upon new communications technologies--blogs, videoconferencing, and instant messaging--to work together, many project managers are ignoring the requirements particular to managing virtual teams. Instead, the project managers who lead virtual teams often use the directive approach common to traditional project management styles, a approach that interferes with the dynamic nature of working virtually. This article examines how project managers can more effectively manage virtual projects and virtual project teams. In doing so, it explains how project managers can best select and lead virtual project teams and how they can help team members both develop collaborative relationships and work together to realize the project's objectives. It discusses how one virtual team--the team behind the 1995 Rocketdyne project, a team comprised of individuals from three different organizations--worked tog
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