Course E: Effective leadership in virtual project teams

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Proven practices for managing virtual projects and teams

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Course vision
More and more companies are using a distributed approach in project execution. Virtual teaming enables the use of global resources to deliver projects in the most efficient and effective way.

For project managers this virtual approach creates new challenges – leading from a distance, staying on top in a 24/7 project environment, creating a trusting environment, dealing with time zones, distance and cultural differences. This added complexity is a call for action to develop adequate leadership skills and update crucial competences.

Working with virtual project teams puts a magnifying glass on normal day to day problems. Small issues can become major conflicts. So many project managers are looking to learn new skills and habits to maintain effective leadership.

It’s not just the big companies that use virtual approaches. Modern internet technology provides small companies with the same opportunity to collaborate in global teams.

Training method
This course will be interactive. Real projects and examples from both large and small projects provide the material for open discussion and practical assignments.

Technology will be reviewed to understand the possibilities and assess the effect on leading and monitoring project work. An online training manual will help participants to capture learnings and provide access to tools and methodologies.

In addition the group will explore the future development of global or multi location project management to identify personal development goals and create a personal vision on future project execution.

Training objectives
As a participant you will learn to:

  1. Build the virtual teamby creating trust and inspiration and install effective collaboration
  2. Recognize and act upon early warning signalsof conflicts, risks and delay.
  3. Apply practical cultural knowledgeto overcome barriers and avoid the early pitfalls.
  4. Direct the actual work effort and control the outcome of work performed elsewhere.
  5. Develop a learning attitudein virtual teams operating under stress.
  6. Guide decision makingfrom a distance with limited control and information

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Henk Bellinga

Managing Director
Advitec Consulting,
The Netherlands

Guest speaker:

ea-Pia-NevePia Barner Neve

Senior Project Manager,
Novo Nordisk,