This is project management to a new degree with people you may have never met before, who may not even be in your organization. Undoubtedly, our industry has advantages because it naturally allows this kind of collaboration using tools, and communication mechnisms that are cheap or even completely free.
What we don't hear about are the specifics:
- What is the best way to communicate with people across multiple time zones? What is practical and what is productive?
- How do you document or track how the project is going? Is there a common tool that works and is available to all the members?
- How can you trust people you have never met before to work on a project? What helps you build that trust?
- What identifies a persons past experience and how do you know they can work on the current project?
It's these kind of questions that really bug me and generally where I think a lot of people need a lot of guidance. I do think that software tools are just the first step.