Presented by Sue Drake President and Founder Drake Resource Group, Inc www.DrakeRG.com PLAYING BY  NEW RULES:  Working in ...
Today… <ul><li>Virtual teams are becoming more common. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals can work anywhere </li></ul></u...
Exercise <ul><li>Let’s draw a house! </li></ul>www.DrakeRG.com
Proven Strategies <ul><li>Our virtual teams have used the following strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting expectations...
Tools <ul><li>Project Database Tool:  Weboffice ,  www.weboffice.com </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Technology:  GoToMeet...
Case Study #1 <ul><li>Team developed six web-based modules for company executives (dispersed across six continents) on div...
Case Study #2 <ul><ul><li>Team developed short-term, state-specific quoting training for seven states as the application w...
Benefits <ul><li>Virtual team benefits are clear. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members recruited for their skills </li></ul></ul>...
Additional Resources <ul><li>Pink, Daniel H. 2001.   Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers Are Transfor...
Thank you for your time today! We look forward to hearing from you! Susan L. Drake President, Founder [email_address] Than...
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Playing by new rules working in a virtual world

  1. 1. Presented by Sue Drake President and Founder Drake Resource Group, Inc www.DrakeRG.com PLAYING BY NEW RULES: Working in a Virtual World Sue Drake President, Drake Resource Group www.DrakeRG.com
  2. 2. Today… <ul><li>Virtual teams are becoming more common. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals can work anywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant advances in technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 million and growing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convenient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost-effective </li></ul></ul>To be truly effective… teams need to work in a new way and follow new rules. www.DrakeRG.com
  3. 3. Exercise <ul><li>Let’s draw a house! </li></ul>www.DrakeRG.com
  4. 4. Proven Strategies <ul><li>Our virtual teams have used the following strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning for consistent interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Checking status often </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watching for changes in direction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining a shared knowledge repository </li></ul></ul>“ The underlying principles of strategy are enduring, regardless of technology or the pace of change.” ~ Michael Porter www.DrakeRG.com
  5. 5. Tools <ul><li>Project Database Tool: Weboffice , www.weboffice.com </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Technology: GoToMeeting ™ , www.gotomeeting.com </li></ul><ul><li>Project Mgmt Software: ProWorkFlow , www.proworkflow.com </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Meetings: FreeConference , www.freeconference.com </li></ul><ul><li>File Sharing Tool: Basecamp ™ , www.basecamphq.com </li></ul>Here are few web-based tools to help your virtual team: www.DrakeRG.com
  6. 6. Case Study #1 <ul><li>Team developed six web-based modules for company executives (dispersed across six continents) on diversity and inclusion. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Six primary team members: IL, CA, Germany </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting expectations was key </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project plan was essential and ever changing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Status meetings were critical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective communication was most important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly status reports kept all members on track </li></ul></ul>Bayer Corporation www.DrakeRG.com
  7. 7. Case Study #2 <ul><ul><li>Team developed short-term, state-specific quoting training for seven states as the application was rolled-out. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11 primary team members : IL and India </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client – 4 core members </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DRG – 4 core members </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indian vendor – 3 core members </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly communication was key (meetings and reports) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strong development and testing process was important </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Detailed Project Plan and “at a glance” plan were essential </li></ul></ul></ul>Allstate Insurance www.DrakeRG.com
  8. 8. Benefits <ul><li>Virtual team benefits are clear. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members recruited for their skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overhead and expenses reduced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodate members’ varied schedules </li></ul></ul>It’s a new way of working… using a new paradigm with great success! www.DrakeRG.com
  9. 9. Additional Resources <ul><li>Pink, Daniel H. 2001. Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers Are Transforming the Way We Live, New York:Warner Books. </li></ul><ul><li>www.YouCanWorkFromAnywhere.com – Montero Consulting's Web site, providing resources and training for virtual organizations working together while apart </li></ul><ul><li>www.smallbiztrends.com – Small Business Trends, a blogsite sharing the latest trends in small business and virtual teams </li></ul>www.DrakeRG.com
  10. 10. Thank you for your time today! We look forward to hearing from you! Susan L. Drake President, Founder [email_address] Thank you! For more information, please visit us on-line www.DrakeRG.com

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