Challenges Involved In Managing A Global Project

By on January 22, 2016

In local or domestic projects, it has been observed that most of the team members belong with a single locality and they have to do the work at a single place, but in distributed projects or global projects, team members have to do the work at different locations. Distributed projects are termed as global or international projects. In global projects the team members belong with different geographical locations. For managing a global project effectively, project managers can face many challenges.

It’s a challenging job for project managers to put multi cultured people into a single team. At international projects, a project manager needs to balance the co-workers belonging with different organizational cultures. He needs to set up an effective communication between employees, their interests and working practices for effective project management. It’s a prior duty of a project manager to create an effective collaboration between the team members which belong with geographical locations, cultures and language for global projects. A project manager may meet with different type of challenges for managing a global project. Some of the basic challenges involved in managing the global projects are as follows:

1. Different organizational cultures

At international projects, the team members come from different organizations and they have different working experience and practices. In such projects, the project manager must adopt different rules and techniques to create the effective collaboration between team members.

2. Diverse locations

Global projects are sometimes distributed over different locations and team members will have to do the work at multiple locations. Managing a project at different locations can be a demanding task for project managers. For physical contact with team members a project manager will need to travel from one place to another. For meetings, video conferencing, usage of phones becomes essential.

3. Various customs and cultures

Away from organizational culture, each country has its own traditions and cultures. Traditions and cultures have the great impact on the working environment. Cultures and customs of a country affect the overall mentality of people and this mentality leads to specific working environments. At such situations, the project manager can face the challenges of cross-cultural communications. This cross-cultural environment, sometimes can lead to major misunderstandings and conflicts. So, he must need to set up some basic rules for the project development.

4. Time zones

The projects distributed in different time zones are difficult to manage. In different time zones it’s a knotty task to organize the team member meetings at the same time. In different time zones, working hours differ greatly. Overlapping working hours of diverse time zones are reduced. To, organize a meeting in different time zones, a project manager should use the overlapping working hours effectively. For effective communication, project manager must define some basic rules for diverse time zones. This technique will help to overcome the lack of communication and other problems. For better communication, define some specific time in working hours where a project manager can deliver reports about project progress.

5. Multiple languages

In distributed projects the team members are from different locations and their language is major problem of communicating with other team members. To overcome this issue a project manager must be skilled in different languages for managing the people of different languages. Multinational organizations generally define some common language for communication than native languages. A project manager must help the other co-workers who are not efficient in defined language for a communication.

Robert Harrison

Robert Harrison is a professional project management tutor at Oxford Home Study College UK. College offers the Project Management Courses.