Your fellow project managers are struggling with remote project management. It is not easy to shift your work model from in-person stakeholder management to virtual meetings. Some were able to survive and succeed in managing their teams virtually. In this article at TechRepublic, Veronica Combs shares three tips to make remote project management successful.
Coping with Remote Project Management
Essential services were open despite the multiple pandemic lockdowns worldwide. Now, other businesses are reopening too to avoid further economic losses. Nevertheless, remote work is still a preferred mode. Here are the three tips to make remote project management work in your favor:
Modes of Communication
Project managers must have excellent communication skills to get things done on time. So, do not rely on emails alone to have effective remote project management. Heather Lilly, director of project management at Jacob Tyler, prefers regular huddles to review priority list and discuss project issues.
Leighton Interactive senior project coordinator Nick Peterson suggests to have to-the-point conversations to avoid confusion. Also, move ahead with the plan until something stops you. Brainstorm another way if you receive further instructions. Account coordinator Kristen Buerman likes to have regular checkpoints with internal teams and customers.
Get Yourself the Right Software
Film and television editor Zack Arnold uses collaboration tools to receive creative opinions from sponsors and clients. For remote project management, choose applications that are easy enough for people to work with. You might be using these platforms already if you have a globally distributed team. Make it a point to conduct meetings when several work zones overlap. It prevents people from stretching themselves too thin for global conferences.
Make Efforts to Improve Team Bonding
Lilly insists that project managers should work on building a better bonding between team members. Instead of blaming or shaming people on virtual meetings, add a lighter tone to the conversation. Leighton Interactive account coordinator and PR specialist Julia Brolin points out that you should have a more humane approach. While constructive criticism is good, it might appear impolite over a telephonic conversation. Keep a safe buffer in case you discover bottlenecks at the end of the timeline.
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