Managing Global Projects: Tips and Strategies

Adriana Girdler

How to make sure your global projects don’t fail Have you been asked to run a global project? My guess is that you’re excited… but …

How to make sure your global projects don’t fail

Have you been asked to run a global project? My guess is that you’re excited… but also pretty nervous.

Running a global project for the very first time is a huge undertaking, but there are some ways you can ensure your global project will be successful.

Shift your mindset about time

Now that you’re working on global projects, you’ll have multiple team members in multiple time zones.

This means you won’t be getting instant answers.

Now, rather than thinking of time in terms of the workday, you have to think in terms of 24-hour windows.

This means that you might be sleeping when someone is sending you questions, and vice versa. It also means that deadlines may be slightly different for those in different time zones – you won’t necessarily receive things during YOUR workday.

Consider the culture of your global team

Workplaces have different cultural understandings and expectations in different continents and countries. It’s important to understand the nuances of the cultures you’re working with so that you don’t run into misunderstandings or miscommunications throughout the project.

If you’re working with people from countries that you don’t normally work with, there will likely be differences in communication and expectations that you wouldn’t experience within your own culture. It’s important to be aware of these differences so you can adjust expectations as needed to ensure success for everyone involved.

More global project management tips

I have more tips on how to successfully run a global project, and I’ve shared all that in my most recent YouTube video. Head over there with me and we’ll finish this conversation!

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.

Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

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