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Virtual teams are teams of people who primarily interact electronically and who may meet face-to-face occasionally.

The following sections provide additional information on teams and virtual teams of Digiknots.

  • Introduction
  • Reasons for Virtual Teams
  • Types of Groups
  • Strategies for Virtual Teams
  • Benefits
  • Outsource Your IT Needs to Digiknots / Contract Rates
  • Major Advantages with Digiknots?

  • Introduction
    What is a team? One of the more accepted definitions comes from Kazenbach and Smith in Wisdom of Teams.  A team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.

    Generally, teams have from two to twenty-five people. More than that, they tend to break into subteams. Teams need complementary skills or the right mix of skills to do the job assigned. These skills fall into three categories: technical or functional expertise, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and interpersonal skills. A team's purpose and performance goals go together. Both must be clear or confusion will likely result. It is important that the team own and commit to the purpose and shape it if necessary. In addition, teams need to develop a common approach or method on how they will work together to accomplish their purpose. Finally, groups become teams when they hold themselves accountable for the outcome.

    What is a virtual team? There are several different definitions of virtual teams, but what these definitions have in common is that, in addition to being a team, virtual team members are physically separated (by time and / or space) and that virtual team members primarily interact electronically. This researcher defines virtual teams as teams of people who primarily interact electronically and who may meet face-to-face occasionally.

    Reasons for Virtual Teams
    Reasons for virtual teams center around the differences in time and space for team members.
    • Team members may not be physically collocated.
    • It may not be practical to travel to meet face-to-face.
    • Team members may work different shifts
       Specifically, teams may be distributed because of the new realities facing    organizations such as:
    • Organization-wide projects or initiatives
    • Alliances with different organizations, some of which may be in other countries
       mergers and acquisitions
    • Emerging markets in different geographic locations
    • The desire of many people and government organizations for telecommuting
    • The continuing need for business travel and information and communications    technologies available to support this travel
    • Aneed to reduce costs
    • A need to reduce time-to-market or cycle time in general (the increasing velocity in    usiness)

    Types of Groups
    Four basic types of groups of people exist:
    • Task groups
    • Friendship groups
    • Command groups
    • Interest groups
    These groups also can exist as virtual groups. For example, an example of a virtual command group would be a national sales team distributed throughout the United States. An example of a virtual task group could be a small software development group of people telecommuting to their office. A virtual interest group could be a group of investors sharing strategies and outcomes. A friendship group might be represented by a virtual community. Certainly other examples exist and some groups overlap as well.
    Note: In Digiknots research uses the term "virtual team" in this web site as a "virtual task group" or a "virtual command group" where team members are focused on a specific set of goals.

    Strategies for Virtual Teams
    The following tips come from our research into virtual teamwork.
    • Hold an initial face-to-face startup
    • Have periodic face-to-face meetings, especially to resolve conflict and maintain team    cohesiveness
    • Establish a clear code of conduct or set of norms and protocols for behavior
    • Recognize and reward performance
    • Use visuals in communications
    • Recognize that most communications will be non-verbal -- use caution in tone and    language

    Technology Supporting Virtual Teams
    Virtual teams are supported by both hardware and software. General hardware requirements include telephones, PCs, modems or equivalent, and communication links such as the public switched network (telephone system) and local area networks. Software requirements include groupware products such as electronic mail, meeting facilitation software, and group time management systems.

    One way to think about teams is that teams are a network organization -- a set of nodes and links -- wherein the nodes are of course the team members and the links are the communications channels or primarily face-to-face interaction. In virtual teams, the nodes are the same -- team members -- whereas the links are primarily virtual (electronic) and software is used to mediate the interactions. In simple terms, then

    virtual teams = teams + electronic links + groupware

    Benefits of Virtual Teams
    Several benefits of virtual teams include the following:
    • Our team can work from anywhere at anytime.
    • They can be recruited for their competencies, not just physical location.
    • Many physical handicaps are not a problem.
    • Expenses associated with travel, lodging, parking, and leasing or owning a building    may be reduced and sometimes eliminated.
    • There is no commute time

    Outsource Your IT Needs to Digiknots / Contract Rates
    Digiknots is the answer to your IT needs, we have a dedicated Vertual Teams at your service, you can pick and choose the expertise you need either in Softwear Developments/Web Development/Web Designing/ERPSolution/Hardwear & Networking supports you name it and we have the right person with the right skill for you!

    All this for a fixed monthly fee of course MINUS all the tensions of hiring employees, catering to their demands of bonus, hikes, leaves etc.
    Digiknots works for you for at NO exorbitant demands, Digiknots is like a mirror which when seen through reflects the honesty we have.
    Get in touch with us if you want to cut down your IT costs by more than 80%
    Stop hiring liabilities and instead outsource your IT needs and gain profits!

    In simple words, Digiknots - Dedicated Developer option gives you access to one or more Programmer(s) / Designer(s) who work exclusively for you on your projects from our facilities here in India.

    Major Advantages with Digiknots?
    Up to 30-80% savings compared to on-site teams.
    Quick Return on Investment.
    Focus on Core IT Competencies - Save on Cost of Appl. Development.
    Avoid Long-term Investments of Labour and Assets which can become obsolete or Liabilities to you in no time!
    Faster delivery times.
    You don't have to take care of employee requirements like travel, relocation or temporary housing expenses, and sick leaves and insurances, you just pay for the hour we work for you!
    Reseller Rights - We have no objection to you reselling any application to a 3rd Party. Your business success is our business success.
    Experience - get great people working soley for you.
    Prompt Communication - By Phone, E-mail and Chat. All e-mails answered in less than 24 hours Privacy and Confidentiality - We will sign a non disclosure agreement. Your project stays secure and under wraps. You own any source code.
    We follow the best outsourcing ethics of Reliability, creditability, and communication

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