Project Management

3 Tips for First Time Global Project Managers

3The first global project is a big step for a “new” project manager. However, with Kevin Korterud’s three key elements to remember, even the newest project manager can begin with confidence. 

1. Requirements: Global projects offer the challenge of both global and country requirements. To make sure nothing is forgotten put together a prioritization scheme for both types of requirements.

2. Estimation: Don’t forget that a global project will include extra costs that you didn’t have to worry about on a co-located project. Expenses could include team member travel time and global communication. Make sure to take all costs into consideration and estimate thoroughly.                

3. Scheduling: Unexpected scheduling conflicts may arise unless you do your research.  Will a major holiday fall during the project? Could snowstorms, floods, or other natural disasters be expected at this time of year? Always leave room in the schedule for unforeseen problems.

Of course, you should expect the unexpected when working on your first global project, but with these three tips, you’ll be off to a great start!   

Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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