Beware of The Dotted Line

December 22, 2010

Chapter 6 – Staying Close When You’re Far Away

Helping out other teams is an important part of in-creasing your visibility, but beware of the dotted line. The dotted line simply means that you are doing most of your work for someone who isn’t your boss. On the organizational chart this is shown with a solid line to your boss and a dotted line to the person you are really working for. Being a dotted line team member is generally precarious, but it is even more dangerous when you’re remote.

You need to spend extra time becoming integrated with your team. Creating personal connections with two teams, neither of them your full-time team, is very difficult. Help other teams with smaller projects and try to avoid longer assignments away from your own team.

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