Virtual Project Management Secrets You Need to Know

Adriana Girdler

How to manage your virtual teams as a virtual project manager! Working remotely has become a norm, which means that virtual project management is also …

How to manage your virtual teams as a virtual project manager!

Working remotely has become a norm, which means that virtual project management is also becoming common. So, it’s important to know how to manage virtual teams effectively if you’re working on virtual projects!

Here are a few tips that every virtual project manager should consider implementing into their leadership.

  1. Show appreciation

Project management is all about teams executing tasks, so a connected team will ensure a successful execution. This is where appreciation comes in!

Appreciation is even more critical for a virtual project because you don’t have the luxury of being in the same room with people where you can just drop by their desk and take things as they come. Instead, you need to be intentional about including appreciation in your time with your team.

Here are some ways you can do this:

  • Be attuned to what’s going on.
  • Send out messages of encouragement.
  • Send out inspiration videos or quotes.

Those are just a few examples, but really, it’s about doing anything you can think of to show your appreciation for what your team is doing. And it’s not just you as a project manager connecting with your team; it’s also important to encourage your team members to connect with each other and show appreciation for one another.

  1. Be alert to conflict via body language

Team dynamics can be very tricky, and especially so with a virtual team.

If you’re working in-person, you can feel the energy in the room and bring things into the open as you notice them arise. But virtually, it’s a very different world.

One way to combat this is by having everyone keep their cameras on during meetings so that you can see body language, which will give you insight as to how people are connecting and how they’re feeling.

Other important virtual project management tips and ideas

There are more virtual project management tips and ideas that you can implement for project success, and I want to share every detail with you. That’s why I created a quick, 10-minute video that goes into way more depth on the best virtual project management tips to help you succeed. Head on over to YouTube to watch!

I really hope that you found this helpful – and if you did, it would mean so much to me if you would share it on your social media.

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.


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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.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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