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Title: IR170-2 - Virtual Teams: A Guide to Successful Implementation
Publication Date: 11/1/2001
Product Type: Implementation Resource
Status: Tool
Pages: 26
Provides direction for implementing and managing a virtual team (a group collaborating via electronic media from various geographic locations) in a project management environment. This guide explains how management and IT issues common with most project teams require a different approach with virtual teams. Includes a primary checklist for implementing and managing a virtual team.
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The construction industry needs a way for project teams to electronically collaborate. With projects spread across the globe and with various geographic locations specializing in one or more aspect of a multi-layered project, the challenge is to gather and exchange information in an accurate and timely fashion while leveraging as much technology as possible. The emergence of the “virtual team,” an electronic assemblage of people in various locations who have the common project goal of success, provides the industry with opportunities, challenges, and a few barriers, all of which need to be addressed.

Virtual teams are getting increasing attention in the design and construction communities. From opportunities to integrate international teams to leveraging the best resources, companies are turning to the idea of virtual teams to transform project execution. Problems, however, range from management aspects to the social and cultural implications to rapidly advancing technology. An overemphasis on one can affect the others. Challenges such as security, systems compatibility, and appropriate technologies combine with non-technical factors and introduce complications into an already complicated project process.

CII created the Making Virtual Teams Work Project Team to study the challenges and to provide recommendations. The project team believes that virtual teaming will be standard business practice within the next five years. The construction industry must be prepared. The following pages provide a path forward to understanding the unique issues associated with virtual teams.