Are you managing remote teams while you build your dream web product or platform?
Even for the most seasoned project manager, this type of remote team set-up can be difficult.
On the plus side, you are building your own digital agency, tapping into a variety of super-talented individuals or teams. You can find the perfect superstars for your project this way, without being limited to people who live and work in your area. Many people build their online shopping carts, social communities and digital platforms this way. Often, this remote set-up can cost far less than hiring a large firm to build out your project.
On the flipside, without a great project manager who really understands how website projects and online platforms are built, you can spend far more money this way. You will likely have to repeat steps, and the trial-and-error method can cause budgets to quickly fly out of control.
If you are hiring a team this way, from a distance – communication is key. Weekly (or sometimes daily) check-ins are vital to your project’s success, as is a working system that allows for easy collaboration. My favourite collaborative toolkit is the Google docs / Google sheets system. It’s easy, it’s free – and it allows for some pretty great collaborative work.
Second to communication is experience. Hire yourself a project manager, or a web team with the experience to manage all the other parts of the project. We are currently working on a project that includes copywriters, graphic designers, interns, video production people, editors, sound guys, colour correctors, web developers, marketers, social media strategists and an SEO guy. Trust me when I say that giving someone else the responsibility of driving the car with you will help you to stay focused on your vision and while you work together to hit a home run and get your new project launched.
We’d love to talk to you about your mammoth idea and building out your platform – especially if you are looking for beautiful design, collaborative execution and deadline-focused project management.
We love to see giant ideas get off the ground and spread their beautiful wings!