Leading Virtual Teams

What is it like to lead a virtual team? What are the high points? What are the challenges? For the past three years we have been chronicling our experiences in a series of monthly blog posts and podcasts.

About the authors: Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey) and Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell) work for ALT, the Association for Learning Technology, independent charity and leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK. Martin is the Chief Officer for Innovation, Technology and Community and Maren is the Chief Executive.

Catch up on earlier posts and podcasts below, also cross-posted on Martin’s blog here.

Blog Posts

2020 – pandemic posts

2020 – regular posts

  • Virtual Teams: moving parts – This month we start our third year as a virtual team and we talk about the ups and downs of moving house as home workers, how to give yourself a break during times of upheaval and supporting each other.
  • Virtual Teams: The heartbeat of a virtual team – This month we are talking about Slack, scheduling team meetings, and how our use of technology and different tools affect the rhythm of our work as a virtual team. 


  • Podcast 1: our first podcast, looking back at the first six months as a virtual team.
  • Podcast 2: recorded at the end of our first year of this project, we look back at some of the highs and lows, plan for what’s ahead and discuss how you do Secret Santa as a virtual team.
  • Podcast 3: in which we discuss @femedtech and equality as well as International Women’s Day.
  • Podcast 4: reflections on what it means to be professional as a home worker in a virtual team and how we approach professional development
  • Podcast 5: we talk about how we as a digitally and geographically distributed team connect face to face and why we think a blended approach is important.
  • Podcast 6: This time we are joined by our special guest, Olaf Hubel G Suite Developer Relations Team Leader at Google. Together we talk about what it takes to lead a virtual team, collaboration and team communication.  

Previous posts… 2019