New Management Concepts Press Book Maps Path to Virtual PM Office

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The Virtual Project Management Office, new from Management Concepts Press, solves problems project managers face in developing a virtual office (VPMO). It is based on the authors’ experience in this dynamic technology and global environment.

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"We faced our challenges, learned a great deal, and met them successfully. Project managers need this information." Robert L. Gordon, co-author The Virtual Project Management Office

Management Concepts Press announces the publication of The Virtual Project Management Office, a critical addition to the project manager’s library. Written by two experts in project management and the development of successful virtual project management offices (VPMOs), the book identifies and offers solutions to the most common problems encountered. To provide these answers, the authors build a framework for developing a virtual office based on over 30 years combined experience.

The authors, Robert L. Gordon and Wanda Curlee, in their roles as consultants in a variety of commercial settings and as university professors, provide a thorough review of the issues in building and sustaining a VPMO. They know how globalization and geographic distance change project management and how new technologies change the dynamics of management and communication.

“The issues,“ Curlee notes, “are that communication across time zones, cultures, and language is much more difficult than most of us recognize; policies are different from location to location; and security must be examined from a systems-wide, multi-office perspective.” Gordon adds, “We wrote this book based on the challenges we encountered. We faced them down, learned a great deal, and met them successfully. To confront the confluence of globalization and technology, project managers need this information.”

Steven Benjamin Director of Project Management training at Management Concepts observes that the challenges of the virtual office are not unique to the private sector. “They are particularly relevant for federal project managers who have had to align off-site contractors with executive managers in the headquarters office. The techniques in this book are on-target for both sectors.”

Project managers easily recognize that the virtual office poses new challenges. Many find it less easy to integrate the use of soft skills within the virtual context. “More than ever,” Gordon confirms, “project managers’ success is built upon trust-building, as well as the ability to apply the right type of communication to a particular situation. We know this book provides a road map because we have followed it, and we did not lose our way.”

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