Description Key Elements of Course

For Senior Managers and Directors to effectively collaborate on a distributed development effort requires a perspective that considers multiple factors including people, product, and process.  Key elements of this course are structured around these three key factors. 


At a more granular level an eight step distributed development framework is employed (as described in Paul’s book, Virtual Project Management).  


  • Key high level elements of course:
    • People

      • Team Dynamics (Communication)
        • Client Tailored Scenarios and Solution Brainstorming
    • Product

      • Architecture & Allocation of Work
        • Client Tailored Scenarios and Solution Brainstorming
    • Process

      • Practices, Tools, & Measurement
        • Client Tailored Scenarios and Solution Brainstorming

 Based on discussions with the Project leaders the material within the three high level course elements will be tailored to fit within the 1-day seminar to focus on the most important areas selected from the topics below:


Guidelines For Building & Deploying A Successful Collaborative Plan

  • An Overall Approach To Collaborative Operation Planning & Deployment
  • Keys to a Successful Plan
  • Five (5) Common Pitfalls Implementing Collaborative Operations
  • How to Establish & Meet Realizable Objectives
  • How to Identify, Build & Deploy Successful Collaborative Processes, Procedures, Tools & Environments
  • How to Organize & Manage the Successful Implementation of the Plan


Tools, Processes & Collaborative Environments

  • An Examination of Tools, Processes & Procedures from the Productivity Perspective
  • How to Determine the Right Level of Collaborative Procedures & Tools
  • How to Build & Deploy Successful Collaborative Procedures & Tools
  • Keys to Building Collaborative Environments that Facilitate the “Move Work, Not People” Paradigm 
  • Techniques to develop practices that are “distributed team friendly”


Fostering A Collaborative Culture

  • Focuses on Individual Behaviors Including Senior Engineers & Managers
  • Investigates Key Techniques & Individual Behavior Changes Necessary to Effectively Share Work
  • Identifies two (2) Powerful Techniques to Foster a Collaborative Culture


Managing At-A-Distance

  • Identifies Key Techniques to Achieve Successful Remote Task Management
  • Discusses Varying Task Management Styles & Consequences
  • Discusses Status & Control in a Virtual Environment
  • Discusses & Identifies a Key Cost Control Technique Effective in Virtual Environments


Virtual Project Organization & Leadership

  • Identifies Key Techniques to Setting Up & Executing a Successful Virtual Project
  • Identifies Key Skills Required of Virtual Project Leaders
  • Discusses Organizational Variations
  • Identifies Recommended Virtual Organization Structures
  • Discusses Key Management Processes that Require Change when Operating in a Virtual Environment
  • Includes discussions of Risk Management, Conflict Management, & Cost & Schedule Management


Virtual Communication & Virtual Teams

  • Discusses How Communication Changes in a Virtual Environment
  • Identifies Common Pitfalls & Recommendations in the Use of E-Mail
  • Identifies Common Pitfalls & Recommendations in the Use of Tele & Video-Conferencing
  • Identifies Common Pitfalls & Recommended Rules for the Operation of Virtual Teams



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