IN THIS CHAPTER
Figuring out what your team needs
Selecting the right technology for your team
Packing your toolbox with the essentials
Training your team on the tools
Can virtual teams exist without technology? Sure. I would argue that highly coordinated — and very effective — virtual teams have existed since Roman times, but this point is fair. The availability of reliable, high-speed Internet along with significant advances in hardware, software, mobile phones, smartphones, and cloud-based storage have all fueled the rapid rise of dispersed teams across the world.
Not all technology is created equal. What works for one organization may not work for yours. Your team may not need the latest suite of collaborative software tools. Rather you may require just a solid video chat program and cloud-based document storage.
Understanding, identifying, and ultimately choosing the right technology for your virtual team is a significant challenge. The ever-expanding universe of platforms, options, applications, features, and ...