DO YOU MEAN
Virtual tools have altered the way organizations
interact—but that doesn’t mean project professionals
don’t have to hop on a plane now and then.
Getting a project team to a destination—whether
it’s Mexico or Malaysia—requires some travel smarts.
Here are five common excuses project managers
hear all too often, and what can be done to ensure
an international initiative soars:
“NO ONE TOLD ME THE PLAN.”
As team leader, project managers must devise a
tactical plan to minimize travel-related risks, says
Judi Jarosh, director of IT compliance and the
global project management office at NACCO
Materials Handling Group, Inc., a lift truck
manufacturer in Fairview, Oregon, USA.
Ms. Jarosh, who typically travels about one
week each month, suggests that the plan should
n Pairing travelers, particularly a travel-savvy
team member with someone less experienced
n Arranging for airport pickups to the project site
n Synchronizing contacts on mobile phones
n Finding a local contact who understands the
idiosyncrasies of the culture