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Wrike CEO offers Seven Tips for Improving Efficiency on Virtual Project Teams

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 Andrew Filev discusses the future of remote teams and fine tuning virtual collaboration at PMI Dallas Chapter Meeting

14 January 2013 – Dallas, Texas, USA – Andrew Filev, founder and CEO of the cloud-based project management software company Wrike, was the keynote speaker at the January meeting of the Dallas Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI Dallas Chapter) on Thursday, 10 January 2013.  The meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Addison, Texas.

andrew-filevAccording to the first part of Andrew’s talk, “Thanks to the rapid development of technologies, it has become quite typical for many project teams to work as a ‘human cloud.’ As many as 65% of workers predict their offices will go virtual within the next few years, according to a survey run by Wrike. The survey (with 1,000+ respondents) observed how people’s current scope of virtual collaboration compares to their work style 2-3 years ago, and where remote work stands among fringe benefits.”

Filev highlighted the remarkable findings of the survey, how workers see the future of virtual offices in the next 5 years and what things affect this trend the most, in their opinions.  He then assessed some of the main challenges faced by virtual teams.

Based on his own 10-year experience of managing a globally dispersed workforce in the software industry, Andrew offered the following seven tips for increasing efficiency and success on distributed project teams:

Tip #1 – Keep unification and personalization in balance – establish common ground rules but accommodate individual approaches to implementation.

Tip #2 – Communicate instead of “checking” – constant conversations keep workers engaged and more motivated.

Tip #3 – Remember the value of face-to-face interactions – it increases bonding and personal commitment from workers.

Tip #4 – Add nonverbal praise and motivation – don’t just say nice things, increase concrete recognition for good work and achievement.

Tip #5 – Take a granular approach to workload management – assign small chunks of work, don’t dump the whole project on either individuals or the whole team.

Tip #6 – Develop sharing into a working habit – sharing is vital for increased visibility and productivity.

Tip #7 – Focus on creativity as much as on getting things done – gather ideas, synthesize solutions, tap the collective intelligence.

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“Anyone working in the information economy manages projects,” Andrew stated.  “Projects are everywhere.  And many projects are now managed at least partially remotely, with resources and participants around the world.  We need to be both smart and realistic about how we deal with virtual teams.  It’s challenging and many organizations and project mangers struggle.”

His presentation, which was followed by 45 minutes of questions and discussion, was well received by the 175 people in attendance.  A copy of his full presentation can be viewed at http://pmidallas.org/downloads/dinner_meetings/andrew_filev___the_future_of_remote_teams.pdf.

Since 2001, Andrew Filev has been managing software teams in a global environment. His technical expertise and his management vision are reflected in online and offline articles that have had hundreds of thousands of readers. His ideas on new trends in project management are published in Project Management 2.0 blog.   Andrew’s innovative ideas and passion to improve project management tools are applied in Wrike, a leading online project management solution. Andrew leads the company as a founder and CEO. http://www.wrike.com/

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org