Virtual Teams

Posted on May 19, 2009 by

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Becoming increasingly popular, Virtual Teams is one of the tools of the fourth edition PMBOK®’s Acquire Project Team process. A virtual team is a team who has some or all members that spend little or no time face-to-face. With advances in communications technology, the advantages of virtual teams are becoming leveraged more frequently in today’s organizations.

A virtual team allows for geographically dispersed people (called Geographically Dispersed Team or GDT), including outside experts, to work together. It can allow employees to work from home. Team members can be included who have difficulties traveling, and travel expenses can be saved for all team members. Virtual teams is a favorite topic here at TAPUniversity, with online courses offered through our Virtual Teams Institute. There are numerous forms of communications technology as well as best practices that can be learned and leveraged to maximize the effectiveness of a virtual team.