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Leading and Managing Distributed Project Teams

Many Project and Programme Managers find themselves in the position of having to manage team members based in different locations. Projects are under pressure to deliver on time and to budget, and this becomes more difficult when project leaders have to deal with the challenges of team members based in different time zones, with varying language abilities and different cultural influences. Many project teams do not have the luxury of co-located meetings, and have to use technology to best effect for virtual collaboration. How can Project Managers be effective with teams spread across the country or across the world? Facilitated by an experienced Project Manager and international practitioner, this course is designed to give you essential remote project leadership skills, together with a set of tools and templates, to enable your effectiveness as a leader of distributed project teams.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

Facilitated by an experienced Project Manager and international practitioner, this course is designed to give you essential remote project leadership skills, together with a set of tools and templates, to enable your effectiveness as a leader of distributed project teams.This interactive course will give you the insights, tested methodologies and understanding of remote project team management. You will leave with a practical set of tools and techniques to lead project teams remotely.

Who should attend?

Project and Programme Managers with the responsibility of managing a project team or teams working in remote locations nationally or internationally

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

Challenges in Distributed Project Teams
• Definitions: co-located, virtual and distributed teams
• Challenges for distributed project team members and project team leaders
Case study exercise

Characteristics of High Performance Distributed Project Teams
• High performance team characteristics
• Establishing a Code of Collaboration at Project Kick-Off
Group Exercise: Team challenge

Cultural Considerations and Project Collaboration
• Understanding culture, personality and behaviour
• Essential actions for leading international project teams
Group Exercise: Cultural interactions

Technology & Communication Strategies
• Technology update: most popular technologies used in distributed project teams
• Maximising the power of technology in managing distributed project teams
• Choosing the right communication channels
Best practices: Virtual communication, Teleconference, Web meeting

Keeping the Project Team Purposeful
• The Purposeful Leadership Model
• Tools for maintaining purposeful project teams
• Managing and resolving conflict in distributed teams
• Keeping remote team members motivated and engaged with your project
• Identifying your project leadership strengths and areas for improvement
Group Exercise: Problem solving and delegating from a distance

Leading Change in Distributed Project Teams
• Understanding reaction to change in the context of virtual teams
Case study exercise

Distributed Project Team Building and Delivering Results
• Getting people to identify with your project
• Ingredients of trust in virtual project teams
• Applying AgilePM principles in distributed project teams
Group Exercise: Getting to high performance

Summary and Personal Action Planning
• Summary of best practices for leading and managing distributed project teams
• Evaluation of tools and templates
Personal action planning

Benefits to you

• Build and lead project teams to maintain success in the distributed workplace
• Diagnose and handle the unique risks of managing distributed projects
• Manage the collaboration elements that work best for you and your team
• Adapt your management style to meet the demands of distributed project team leadership
• Build a team identity and sense of purpose in your project teams
• Increase your confidence and professionalism in leading distributed project teams
• Walk away with a set of tools, techniques and fresh insights to lead your projects successfully

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3321, or by email at

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