3 Reasons Virtual Teams Fail and How to See It Coming

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Why virtual teams are different and how to manage them

The author acknowledges that while the challenges of creating, managing and getting the most out of people hasn't changed in thousands of years, the constraints under which we work now are very different from even a few years ago.

Problems that were common but manageable by teams who either physically worked together all day, or could actually get together physically every now and again, are made even more dramatic when the team members are separated by time, distance and even corporate or national cultures.

He goes on to say that the costs of these problems are not trivial and uses lack of cross-functional communication between teams working on the Airbus 350 project as an example. Built in parts using the most modern technology available, each individual location's work was perfect. The problem was that the different components didn't fit together when it came time to assemble the airplane! One team was using a different set of specs than another, the cost to the project was $6 Billion - a lot of money to lose because of an easily-addressed communication problem.

So - why are virtual teams different and does it matter?

In this whitepaper, the author offers the 3 key reasons virtual teams fail and a process for assessing your own virtual teams so you don't have to suffer the challenges the Airbus project did.

3 Reasons Virtual Teams Fail and How to See It Coming

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