In my recent posts I have spoken in length about project teams and team members roles within these project teams. Today I am going to talk about virtual teams which hasn’t been touched upon by any of my group members.
First I am going to give a brief overview of what a virtual team actually is. A virtual is just like any other team. It is a group of people coming together to complete a task for a common purpose. For example the Kilkenny hurling squad can be classified as a team. They all work extremely hard for common purpose, i.e The Liam McCarthy cup. Unlike a common team like the Kilkenny hurling squad, a virtual team works across space, time and organisational boundaries through different types of communication technologies. Video conferencing is an example of such a communication technology. Video conferencing is where a meeting between two or more people, in seperate locations, is conducted using computer networks.
Motorola, although not the powerhouse it use to be, used virtual teams in its business. Motorola has some twenty locations just in the Northwest Chicago area each having multiple buildings. Therefore teams come together virtually to communicate with one another. By virtually coming together teams can save time. Instead of having to organise a room large enough for the group, a virtual meeting could even be conducted in the comfort of each group members home. Also when teams meet virtually people may not be as nervous as they would be if they were face to face with one another. This could lead to more people talking and thus creating new and brilliant ideas.
Overall virtual teams has many advantages and some are stated above. Whether to chose a virtual team or an ordinary project team depends on many things such as size of the organisation and it is ultimately up to the stakeholders and the owner(s).