Virtual Frontier Episode 4 featuring Jacob Morgan

26 mins read time On this episode of the Virtual Frontier, we’re very excited to talk to Jacob Morgan. Jacob is the founder of the Future of Work University as well as an author, speaker and podcaster. …

Customer Success: Key Driver to Future On-Demand Virtual Agencies 

5 mins read time According to the Holmes-Rahe life stress inventory, being fired at work comes at position number eight on a list of 43 most stressful life events. The dreadful dismissal notice is a difficult experience, on both ends – for the manager giving it, and for the employee receiving it. However difficult it may be, it signifies a change of circumstances everyone needs to address. Businesses are driven by their customer success, and when a customer needs an alternative to how things have been done in the past in order to grow, project halt and people need to be let go. It’s a tough call for the company and for the people, but customer success needs to be given its due attention. …

Trust in Project Teams: How to Get Rid of a False Theory

5 mins read time Trust in project teams has been long acknowledged as an important driver of high-performing companies. Within the context of business relationships, a trust includes believing that your team members will do the work, as well as believing that they will do it in a predictable and consistent way. Since most projects include a human or an emotional, relational element, trust is important. Without some emotional zest to kickstart a project and propel it forward, we would have still been living in the dark ages without innovation, including the remarkable era of digital transformation we live in. …

Tools for remote teams

1 min read time On this episode of the Virtual Frontier, Flash Hub founder Manuel Pistner, shares some of the tools he recommends for virtual teams. …

Shocked by Losing Your Top Performers? Save the Day with On-Demand Virtual Teams

4 mins read time The on-demand economy can be tough. You need to be ready to act quickly to meet immediate user needs or they’ll walk away. Projects become granular. Large organizations bubble up under the pressure of targeted products and services. For startups, the room to make mistakes is even smaller. Staff adapt, evolve, and are ready to jump at the next better opportunity that crosses their path. In a way, the digital transformation underway has put organizations in a constant state of flux or even crisis. However, every crisis hides a solution. If you are taken aback by top-performers all of sudden leaving your team, it just might be the time to renew investing in resources and start considering on-demand virtual teams. …

Practical Solutions to Common Pains of Virtual Project Managers (Part 2)

4 mins read time To write all project management issues that people face on daily basis, we would have to come up with a long list! Here we are continuing with the list of top 10 issues that virtual project managers face nowadays (Part 1 here). It’s a hectic world, one that requires relentless spirit, motivation to tackle obstacles with aplomb, and, often, making, uncomfortable decisions. That brings us to the next pain on our list, which is: …

Practical Solutions to Common Pains of Virtual Project Managers (Part 1)

5 mins read time Many project managers have a bad rap. The somewhat false image that follows them is that they are the people who want to do as much as possible with the least resources. They are also the people who breathe down one’s neck until they fulfill their project purpose. A part of this picture is for sure true – no one said that managing people, tasks, and performance, is an easy job! If most team members have streamlined tasks, it’s the task of the project manager to streamline them and keep everything going in the right direction. When working in geographically dispersed teams, the project manager needs to take an even broader perspective. Naturally, this role includes some extra perks, too, which are not available when you work within close geographical boundaries. …

How to define the culture of a remote team

18 mins read time On this episode of the Virtual Frontier, Manuel Pistner talks about how he defines workplace culture in a virtual team. He talks about starting Flash Hub and the discussion to shift to an entirely remote team. He also talks about the difficulties in that decision and tells some client success stories. …

Freelancers from Hell: How to Dispel Common Myths About Them

6 mins read time Have you ever been ghosted by a freelancer? No emails, no work, no feedback. Nothing at all from a person who was at your full disposal just moments ago, and is now nowhere to be found. Your devoted project partner just turned into a ghost! The project is at a halt, the budget keeps draining down the hole, and you need to solve the problem – fast! This is just an example of the many freelance horror stories that raise unnecessary fears in clients. You must have had your own share of poor experiences with bad freelancers – those that come with a creepy feeling that your project is destined for a fail and doomsday is just around the corner. In that brief moment, you think that hell is on Earth! How come you didn’t notice those freelancer red flags on time? …

How to Solve Common Agile Dilemmas with Flash Teams

6 mins read time Agile teams turned the project management world upside down. When it first emerged, the agile methodology set a new vision for solving common people-software challenges. Project managers were heavily concentrated on deliverables and often forgot to factor in human behavior and environmental impact in rigid project structures. It became obvious that in the unpredictable digital world that’s growing in size and complexity, the simple linear, for instance, downfall work hierarchies just didn’t work anymore. …

How to Turn Virtual Teams Challenges into Opportunities

6 mins read time Virtual work can help you build the dream team. Each day, virtual teams cross boundaries that were only recently beyond the bounds of possibility. Dispersed work experts outshine their local counterparts. Remote work is the new standard. …

Are You Ready to Harness the Power of Virtual Flash Teams?

3 mins read time In today’s new work order, those who can deliver projects faster and cost-efficiently win the game. Clients are smarter; they want more value and require transparency in all stages of their projects’ lifecycle. The lack of access to the right talent presents a big problem to many who may shy away from going digital with their business. While sourcing has matured and the scope of new deals are shrinking, a rising demand for vetted experts grows. Who can deliver solutions rapidly with as little resistance and disruption as possible? …