Virtual teams can be tough to manage. That’s because whether it be software development, customer service, or graphic design, virtual teams by definition are spread across different countries, time zones and even cultures. Companies employ virtual teams because they extend the capabilities of internal teams, bring in hard to find talent, and lower overhead without sacrificing quality.
There are other reasons that companies use virtual teams for software development in particular, some you probably haven’t thought of. And you might be running your entire company using virtual teams, or maybe just utilizing them to build out cool new products. The catch is, managing these teams globally can be a huge challenge if you don’t have the right strategies, tools and processes.
Thankfully, there are now a plethora of online tools available to help you manage your virtual teams, as well as facilitate more optimal communication and collaboration. Here are some of the ones we recommend for 2017 to those who want to improve the overall productivity and efficiency of their virtual teams: