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Projects Without Boundaries by Tim J. Rahschulte, James M. Waddell, Russ J. Martinelli

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PREFACE

Life can be serendipitous at times. Most of the projects I have managed in my career as a new product development program manager have been virtual in nature and made up of geographically distributed teams. However, about five years after my last virtual project, I received an email requesting that I step in as the project manager for a project aimed at creating a secure cell phone for the government. The team, I was told, consisted of members of two organizations that had never worked together before, the software security group and the mobile devices group. Further, I was told that the team was highly distributed across the globe, with development centers in two locations in India, three locations in the United States, and one location in each of the countries of Ireland, Israel, and Germany.

The timing of the request is what was serendipitous. We had just begun the writing process for this book and were working through the primary differences between traditional and virtual projects. As I assumed my new virtual project manager role, the differences immediately began to emerge. So too did the various techniques for managing those differences. Personally managing a virtual, multinational, multicultural project while writing a book on the very same topic provided a wonderful opportunity to establish a practice-based foundation for the information found in the chapters that follow.

Part I stresses the importance of taking on the management of virtual projects with your ...

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