Tom Vlasic: Virtual Teams and Technology


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Tom Vlasic

Tom helps business incorporate and successfully utilize information technology so they will realize their full potential.

As a keen observer, quick study and adaptive professional, Tom works with a wide range of organizations. His work helps them understand the value of a comprehensive IT strategy and as a result, organizations can unleash their full potential with an approach that will ensure both business and shareholder success. His experience in executive-level roles makes Tom more understanding, productive and focused on facilitating successful outcomes with clients. As an active member on not-for-profit boards, Tom also has a record of enhancing both board and organization performance.

Most recently Tom led an award winning Project Management firm that specialized in delivering complex technology projects in the Healthcare sector.

Tom has a Master of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a licenced Professional Engineer

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Tom Vlasic: Virtual Teams and Technology

  1. 1. Project Management – A Global Perspective
  2. 2. HOW DO YOUR VIRTUAL TEAMS STACK UP?June 5, 2011 ©2011 2
  3. 3. Around the Room INTRODUCTIONSJune 5, 2011 ©2011 3
  4. 4. Tom Vlasic BASc, MASc, PEng.Areas of Speciality Industry Experience• CIO Mentor • Automotive• IT Leadership • Healthcare• Mergers and Acquisition • High Technology• Project Management • Manufacturing• Research & Development • Municipal• Technology Strategy • Non-Profit • UtilitiesJune 5, 2011 ©2011 4
  5. 5. What we’ll share• Challenges in today’s workplaces.• How we prepare virtual project teams to use collaboration tools and strategies.• How we match collaboration tools to team needs.• Collaboration tool options.June 5, 2011 ©2011 5
  6. 6. How prepared are you for these game changers?June 5, 2011 ©2011 6
  7. 7. Welcome to the 21st century workplace• Global competition• Virtual teams and leaders• Social media• Four generations in the workforceJune 5, 2011 ©2011 7
  8. 8. Welcome to the 21st century workplace• People learn only 30% of their jobs through formal channels.• Organizational knowledge rarely travels along traditional org-chart lines.• Collaboration and productivity depend on more than good technology.• Few organizations take full advantage of social media.• Business environments increasingly span both geography and generations.June 5, 2011 ©2011 8
  9. 9. ARE YOU PUZZLED BY QUESTIONS LIKE THESE?June 5, 2011 ©2011 9
  10. 10. Are you asking? How do we attract and retain new talent while capturing the tribal wisdom of their predecessors?June 5, 2011 ©2011 10
  11. 11. Are you asking? How do our project teams connect across generations, cultures and geography to be innovative, productive and engaged?June 5, 2011 ©2011 11
  12. 12. Are you asking? How can we help our project managers get better at leading virtual teams?June 5, 2011 ©2011 12
  13. 13. Are you asking? How do we help our virtual project teams work collaboratively and make the most of our investment in technology?June 5, 2011 ©2011 13
  14. 14. One answer A practical program grounded in research about virtual teams, learning and leadership. Across generations. Across geography.June 5, 2011 ©2011 14
  15. 15. Virtual Team Success Collaboration & Social Alignment & Opportunity Learning Tools Assessment Leader & Team Training CampsJune 5, 2011 ©2011 15
  16. 16. Alignment & Opportunity AssessmentVirtual Work World: – What are the business goals? – What technology, tools and learning assets are in place? – How well are they being used? – What are the barriers to using them? – What virtual teams are in place and how well do they work together? – How skilled are managers at leading virtual teams?June 5, 2011 ©2011 16
  17. 17. Alignment & Opportunity Report Right teams. Right things. Right tools. Business Objectives Skills Teams Tools LearningJune 5, 2011 ©2011 17
  18. 18. [v]leaders Identify the vital behaviours that leaders need to feel comfortable and confident in the virtual world. Challenges faced by all managers can quickly escalate when they hire and lead people they never meet in person.June 5, 2011 ©2011 18
  19. 19. [v]leader Training Camp Skills Survey Make it Interactive Work eLearning Leaders Leadership One-On- Projects One CoachingJune 5, 2011 ©2011 19
  20. 20. [v]teams Virtual project teams need unique skills, processes and tools. Add the impact of different generations, cultures, workspaces, time zones and expectations about healthy workplaces.June 5, 2011 ©2011 20
  21. 21. [v]team Training Camp Skills Survey Make it Interactive Work eLearning Teams Just-in- Time Coaching LearningJune 5, 2011 ©2011 21
  22. 22. [v]business Organizations can successfully capture tribal wisdom with connections driven by technology. If 70% of what people need to do their jobs happens through informal networks, doesn’t it make sense to leverage the power of social network technology? Organizations must use collaboration technology to their advantage.June 5, 2011 ©2011 22
  23. 23. [v]business Collaboration Tools Assess Sustain Define Tools Deploy Analyze DesignJune 5, 2011 ©2011 23
  24. 24. IDEAS FOR COLLABORATIONJune 5, 2011 ©2011 24
  25. 25. June 5, 2011 ©2011 25
  26. 26. June 5, 2011 ©2011 26
  27. 27. Some Other Options • Virtual Meeting • Virtual Office • Virtual Event • Virtual WorldJune 5, 2011 ©2010 27
  28. 28. Benefits• Cost Savings – reduces travel time and expense of staging or attending a physical meeting or event.• Higher Productivity – more time in the office and less time traveling• Expanded Audience Reach and Engagement – interact before & after the actual meeting or eventJune 5, 2011 ©2010 28
  29. 29. Benefits• Incremental Revenue Generation – reach more participants at a lower cost than face to face events• Better Data Capture, Tracking & Intelligence – performance and behavioural data can be collected• Greener and More Sustainable – reduces your organization’s carbon footprintJune 5, 2011 ©2010 29
  30. 30. One Definition of Virtual PlatformsCategory Virtual Meeting Virtual Office Virtual Event Virtual WorldCost $1,000+ $2,000+ $20,000+ $50,000+Dimensions 1D 2D 2D 3DCommon Webex Basecamp InXpo SecondLifeVendorEngagement Good Better Best ExcellentCollaboration Good Better Best ExcellentBenefits Good Better Best Excellent June 5, 2011 ©2010 30
  31. 31. A Virtual Meeting• A videoconferencing session via the Cloud. To interact with other participants, attendees use a Web application• Offers advantages such as file transfer, application sharing and white boards.• Use teleconference bridge or VoIP.June 5, 2011 ©2010 31
  32. 32. A Virtual Meeting ExampleJune 5, 2011 ©2010 32
  33. 33. A Virtual Office• Traditional desktop tools with a focus on communication and collaboration• Share files, documents, images, and designs with your team• Post ideas and comments• Assign responsibility, set deadlines, interactions via social networkingJune 5, 2011 ©2010 33
  34. 34. A Virtual Office ExampleJune 5, 2011 ©2010 34
  35. 35. A Virtual Event• A type of business gathering that includes multiple tactics combined to create an interactive peer-to-peer experience online. This combination of tactics might include webcasts, chat forums, virtual booths, online sales meetings or training sessions, and online communities• Allows speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and event attendees to speak, connect and engage with one anotherJune 5, 2011 ©2010 35
  36. 36. A Virtual Event ExampleJune 5, 2011 ©2010 36
  37. 37. A Virtual World• An online community that takes the form of a computer-based simulated environment, through which users can interact with one another and use and create objects.• Is intended for its users to inhabit and interact, and the term today has become largely synonymous with interactive 3D virtual environments, where the users take the form of avatars.June 5, 2011 ©2010 37
  38. 38. A Virtual World ExampleJune 5, 2011 ©2010 38
  39. 39. Welcome to the 21st century workplace• Global competition• Virtual teams and leaders• Social media• Four generations in the workforceJune 5, 2011 ©2011 39
  40. 40. Visit us at THANK YOUJune 5, 2011 ©2011 40