Virtual common project problems
Manufacturing at our organization has moved to overseas 20 years back for project cost reduction and since then we are having virtual teams working from Hong Kong and Taiwan. We consistently have hard time in achieving quality for all projects as supply is not as expected due to overseas branch finds hard to find right talents and interests, there is feedback issues and as new member in team requires heavy coaching. One of the problem that people tend to leave organization due to overworked and stressed out feel as it is found most in Asian culture.Our organization is setting up SMART goals [PMI, Riley, Marcia, Oct 2008] to ensure every one is on same page, as hardest part of virtual team is lack of face to face everyday communication which makes virtual employees feel isolated.[FORBES, Sebastian Bailey] writes “It’s difficult for virtual team members to see how their work fits into the big picture, so they become despondent and demotivated.” Its true conflict is part of every team but focusing on project tasks and goals can build productive team.So major project problems are, lack of communication [verbal], lack of social integration between teams, Cultural clashes, employees loosing interest and trust.
Electronic technologies contribution, solutions for virtual project teams
Moving down from days of telephone calls and mails to advanced internet age where all communications and records are managed on cloud has made virtual teams to work more efficiently as I can see all our training materials are on cloud server and can be accessed by all employees from any part of world, and team communication platforms live Zoom video calls etc has made tele and video communications way easy, to be understood virtual meetings are more structured than normal local meetings as they rely more on document exchange among team members.Project management software as smart sheet [works on cloud] and others has created clear and easy visual picture of project progress and allowed team members from any part of world to share input. Tools like emails, cloud software, chatting and meeting tools, group support system for training, online broadcasting, organizations wiki’s, information sharing and gathering tools, made today’s virtual team more efficient and profitable to organizations.
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- Sebastian Bailey. 2019. How To Beat The Five Killers Of Virtual Working. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sebastianbailey/2013/03/05/how-to-overcome-the-five-major-disadvantages-of-virtual-working/#4feea2a27346.
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