Effective Collaboration in Decentralized Teams

Session Title: Effective Collaboration in Decentralized Teams
Educational Track: Practice
Session Code: FR1519
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
LU/HSW: 1.5 LUs

You receive a Request for Proposal. It is a great opportunity with an important client. Upon careful review of the scope, you realize your office does not have all the expertise in-house to do what is being asked. In order to compete you must go beyond your office – assembling a team of people from different places (some of whom are located outside the region). 

This scenario is not uncommon today. Project opportunities often necessitate extending beyond the region of a particular office. As design professionals it is important, we have the ability to lead efforts that are decentralized. Accomplishing this is not easy. Relationships can take time to build, and not working face-to-face can pose difficulties. Maintaining quality and consistency can also be challenging. How do we do this successfully? The answer is through effective collaboration. 

Using case studies, this seminar will examine how to lead projects where teams are geographically decentralized – exploring ways expertise can be effectively applied through collaboration, using effective management tools and techniques.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review proven management techniques for leading teams in collaborative efforts,
  • Identify opportunities to build collaborative relationships between team members located remotely from one another,
  • Gain insight into how to enhance the design and construction process through collaboration,
  • Identify technological tools available to strengthen collaboration – including strategic use of BIM.

Content Leader:

Sean Cuddahy, AIA

Associate Vice President / Sr. Project Manager, HDR, Princeton, NJ