The N.O. L.I.M.I.T.S. Approach to Virtual Team Projects

By Loran W. Walker and William A. Moylan.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The Internet and the practice of outsourcing work have been the main ingredients for the use of virtual distributed teams. No longer can a project team always be co-located in order to improve expediting a project! After years of experience with virtual groups and teams, Dr. Walker and Dr. Moylan will demonstrate a range of positive techniques and tools to keep a virtual team on track, on schedule and on budget.
The techniques shown will range from the use enterprise-wide impact tools to subtle interpersonal strategies that a project manager may use to have a successful virtual and/or distributed team project.
To reinforce these concepts for presentation participants the authors will be using a N.O. L.I.M.I.T.S. approach to the material which includes:

1. Nurturing
I. Bringing team members up to speed
II. Encouraging Excellence
2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
I. Keeping team members engaged
II. Stopping the Second Class Status of a Virtual Project
3. Leadership
I. Sharing Responsibility
II. Keeping Control
4. Interests
I. Understanding the Needs of the Team Members
II. Aligning Expertise with the Project
5. Mind Reading
I. Laying Out Everything Ahead of Time
II. Brainstorming to Brainstorm
6. Individualized Recognition & Attention
I. Pay Close Attention to Team Members Actions
II. Timeliness
7. Tools
I. Internet Sites
II. Intranet Sites
III. Enterprise / Commercial
IV. Free/Low Cost
8. Subject Matter Experts
I. Their Role
II. Their Value

Keywords: Teams, Virtual Teams, Dynamics of Collaboration, Engagement, Leadership

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.25-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 703.480KB).

Dr. Loran W. Walker

Core Faculty - Project Management, Bachelor of Science Information Systems, School of Undergraduate Studies, Capella University, Clarkston, Michigan, USA

Dr. Walker has worked in the Computer Science and Information Systems fields for over 27 years. He has been an Adjunct and Full-time professor in information systems and the social sciences. He specializes in consulting and teaching High-Level Programming Languages (C, C++, Java, and .Net Technologies), Systems Analysis & Design, Project Management, Web Design, Programming Technologies and Enterprise Architecture. Currently he serves as a Core Faculty member for the Project Management Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies (SOUS) at Capella University. He also contributes to the Project Management Center of Excellence website for the university. Professor Walker is a founder and current chairperson of the Students of Project Management Specific Interest Group (SoPM) chartered by The Project Management Institute (PMI) in September of 2000. He presented, “Is There a New Definition for “Change Control” in Project Manager?” at the PMI NA Congress, Seattle, WA 2006 and “Learning Lessons on Lessons Learned” at the PMI NA Congress, Denver, CO 2008. The Students of Project Management Web Site:

Prof. William A. Moylan

Assistant Professor, Construction Management Program, School of Engineering Technology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

Dr. William Moylan, PMP, is on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University’s College of Technology and instructs in Construction Management. In addition, he consultants, trains, and acts as an expert witness in Project Management and Construction Safety. Dr. Moylan has extensive professional experience in all aspects of program and project management. He has worked on new product development, manufacturing, information systems, facility engineering, and construction projects within the heavy construction, oil & gas production, petroleum, chemical processing, energy, academic, government, public service, automotive, and manufacturing industries. In July 2005, Dr. Moylan was awarded his Ph.D. in Organization & Management with focus in Leadership from the Capella University School of Business. His dissertation research was on values-based leadership concepts, values and skills, and its application to building ethical partnerships in the construction industry. He received his BS in Construction Engineering from Lawrence Technological University; and, his Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Moylan is active in a variety of professional societies and civic activities, including the Project Management Institute, the Engineering Society of Detroit, Habitat for Humanity, and, Toastmasters International.


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