Managing Remote Teams: 5 Do’s and Dont’s

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“The irony of virtual businesses is that managing remote/virtual teams is not a piece of cake as it looks like but yet brings so much pride when driven correctly”

Remote/virtual teams who seem like some aliens helping us out from a distant place are not just a group of individuals working collectively for achieving one goal moreover they are the building blocks of a company they are working in. Thus they are presumed to be managed with care. And for that very purpose, a Project manager are the one who are accountable at the end of the day. More than just a responsibility, this fact determines the level of leadership and abilities of a project manager too.

So “there’s not one perspective of seeing it, but a thousand”

How could this be done perfectly??? The answer is, nothing is perfect!

There are always some dos and don’ts, if followed well then they make you a king else you are doomed.

So here are few Dos

“Blame game sucks success”, if we find its link back to its roots then we come across fear of decline, fear of consequences and many more which drags a person to his worst. Bitter side of the story is that no one takes charge. The best way to avoid and get rid of such threats is to pin-point the issues, be strong, take charge and fix it instead of running away or relying on others which would make you weak.

Lead well! Bringing everyone on the same page is the key to the lock. Arrange meetings on continuous basis, stay connected, keep everyone in the loop, discuss and then take the decisions. You might be the project manager but you can’t be the master and know everything without having interaction.

“Dig in to the details, unwind the knots, and look at the broader picture and attack”. One can’t conquer the battles without knowledge. Knowing the history, requirements, and demands is equally important as knowing the results of daily outcomes of the processes being carried out to achieve the milestones.

Managing a team is just another name of baby-sitting where you have to know all the needs, reaction and expectations of your team. Your team consists of humans not robots they have emotions and needs in terms of work which directly affect the proficiency and productivity of the tasks and ultimately the project outcome if not addressed properly.

Conclude your tasks along with your team report on the daily basis, it should bother you the most before the sponsor hits you hard in your head after seeing the short-comings in the process with huge loop holes hard to be filled.

How can we skip the don’ts- There we go!

Take your time and then take the decision. Hiring an employee is a critical task against a required set of skills criteria to avoid any inconveniences and short-comings in the future. The same trick is applicable while taking other internal and external decisions too. To be efficient is a strength whereas rushing can be lethal.

Being a project manager makes one authoritative but doesn’t allow you to sit back watch and rely on other because if you do you get knocked down and the project would be ruined. Being accountable for a project’s success one has to be knowledgeable. Learning is a process one can’t master as it has no end thus constant effort through communication, involvement and dedication can do wonders.

“Unity is strength and doubt is the biggest poison”

Human resource/team is an asset with gifted abilities and skills. Never belittle and never doubt their skills as motivation and support is the spice needed. For that very purpose continuous training sessions can be life savers if there are any loopholes coming across the way and you see them clearly.

If we dig back then we’ll find assumption an outcome of imagination far from the reality depicting that there had been huge gaps and were never given much attention. This can lead to a pathetic closure/end of a project and a tag of bad team would be pasted over your name. It results in to a decline of not one individual but the team itself and the company too.

“Be sane”

“Less is more”

The flow of unrequired information down the stream can be dangerous. As it would push the employees to get double-minded and distracted in some ways. Keep yourself and the team focused to their designated tasks. Not everyone is supposed to know everything except you being a project manager. If a project manager lacks information and the required knowledge then there would surely be short-comings, delays, and in worst case can lead to an unsuccessful project.