Managing a team in one office can be tricky, but managing a team from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, or London to Shanghai, is harder still. This article from TechRepublic shares some proactive steps that can make managing a digital team less daunting. There are nine steps to follow that will make project management an easier task:
- Begin at the end.
- Identify job information.
- Match team’s skills with goals.
- Identify trusted sources.
- Remember the logistics.
- Consider culture.
- Remain flexible.
- Have a trial run.p
- Utilize team KPIs.
Before you dive into selecting your dream team, look at what the purpose of the project is. When you understand the purpose, you can better assess the needs of the project and select the best team to accomplish goals. After you have identified the important skills for the project, you need to uncover the other finite details of the project and prioritize them. You especially want to distinguish must-haves from nice-to-haves.
In order to prevent any major problems down the road, you should take the time to confirm that the team’s skills match with the goals of the project. Having this step in place will help to prevent silly errors in the future. When you are looking for a specific type of person with particular skills, you may find it useful to seek a trusted, professional source. Remote work requires a specific type of person, and an agency can help you find one.
Remember to keep in mind the logistics of a remote team. Elements such as distance, time zones, tools for communication, and available technology will all play an important role. Differing cultures can be an asset to a team because they can inspire creative approaches, but they can also be an obstacle. Creating a strong corporate culture can help eliminate conflicts.
While interviewing potential candidates it is important to acquire individuals with the skills you need, but also to remain flexible. There is no “perfect” candidate, so keep in mind other qualities a not-so-perfect candidate may exude.
Having a trial run allows for the team to get a feel for one another, and for you to see if everyone will mesh well together. And finally, team-based key performance indicators (KPIs) help the team to stay focused. KPIs will identify what areas the team is strong in and where they need improvement.
You can read the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/9-steps-to-building-a-first-rate-remote-project-management-team/