This kind of group undergoes the same stages of development. In virtual group cohesiveness and norms are both important. Cohesiveness is the ability of the team to attract the members to be involved and really focus on the development. Norms are standards that are set by the member of the team that can either be a pro-management or anti-management.
Building an effective virtual workgroup involves activity facilitated by computers. Interactions of the members are done thru the internet. In a normal workgroup they meet most of the time to talk about the project while in virtual group the communication and brainstorming are done thru the use of the web. Since there is no need to ask many questions the forming stage in the development are not the evident in the virtual group. The group understand what they need to do just by handling them the outline of the work. There are seldom storming stage in the virtual group. Although they have different ideas on their mind the focus is on the development of the IT.
Leadership is important in any project. Virtual team leaders are operating within a different framework. Some of the behaviours considered good management practices were changed, or even eliminated, because the team was physically separated. In the virtual team the leader usually conducted meetings thru conference call.