Managing virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

(cartoon via Marketing and strategy innovation blog ) Together with Sibrenne Wagenaar I wrote a Dutch article of 15,000 characters on virtual teamwork. During the literature review one of the best articles we found is the article called Managing Virtual teams by Lisa Kimball.

Leading Virtual Teams Continues To Be Challenging

Leading Virtually

Talk to those who coach leaders and they will tell you that leading virtual teams continues to be challenging. I had started this blog to share what research is telling us about leading virtual teams. even if we are not part of a pure virtual team.

Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual

The Bumble Bee

As a festive treat I am making available, totally free to Bioteams readers, my Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual (155 pages) which I have used on a number of occasions as a comprehensive full-day workshop on this very important topic. Evolution of an effective virtual team.

Working in virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

I've been busy writing a Dutch article for Leren in Organisaties , with less time to write for my blog(s). So I suddenly thought I could share a small part of the article, hitting two birds with one stone (or two flies in one hit as we say in the Netherlands). The article is about the use of web2.0 tools to support the work of international virtual teams for a thematic issue about globalization. and suggest that 'normal' teams could learn from it too.

Adapting agile development to virtual teams

Endless Knots

This one's for the developers out there: " The Paradox of Agile PM and Virtual Team s " by Dr. David F. So, point of this post: see Rico's article, which takes many of the key practices of agile development and interprets them for virtual teams.

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Elsua

Plenty of people say that collaboration is not an easy task, whether face to face or whether remote, but certainly it looks like collaborating effectively online still presents a good bunch of challenges and issues, and Aliza’s article surely highlights some of the most relevant ones.

List #358 of virtual team success factors

Endless Knots

This one , from Carl Eidson at Wilson Learning, rests on research published in Sloan Management Review this year that reinforces our findings in our 2004 Harvard Business Review article : virtual teams can outperform their face-to-face counterparts.if Keep all team members in close communication. Clarify the team’s purpose and goals. What's to argue with, whether face-to-face or virtual? How the team has access to its clarity is the key here.

Technology: trust in virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

John Gundry wrote a paper on trust in virtual teams trying to 'unpeel the onion about trust'. And further in the article: "it is easier to be suspicious of people when they are out of the line of sight. " It might be nice to make the link to another article on communication and trust in global virtual teams by Sirkka L. because high imported trust teams can still end up with low trust at the end, if people did not participate as expected).

Role-Playing for Virtual Team Training

Leading Virtually

Surinder recently passed an article along to me documenting a case study of an asynchronous online role-play used in a university setting. The article set my thoughts in motion about the Leading Virtually blog and my own thinking regarding training, leadership development, and learning in virtual environments in general. We at Leading Virtually obviously believe that virtual teams can be trained and highly functioning using communication media.

More on the purported "study" of virtual teams

Endless Knots

As per my post yesterday , I've pursued a bit more about the "research" from VitalSmarts , a company I'm not familiar with, which claims "that 13 out of 14 common workplace relationship problems occur far more frequently within 'virtual teams' (teams with members scattered across various geographies) than within teams located in the same building." Tags: Virtual Teams

Leveraging Virtual Teams & Social Tools: Boston KM Forum - March 31

Endless Knots

Long title for what promises to be a good day with the Boston KM Forum on March 31: " Leveraging Virtual Teams & Social Tools for Business Advantage: Blogs, Wikis, Twitter, et al."   And books and articles on virtual teaming abound. In this symposium, we will explore virtual teams and social tools—and their value in leveraging knowledge. 

Can Virtual Teams Afford the Hardware for Their Software?

Leading Virtually

The Washington Post recently featured an article about how the new system upgrades for Microsoft and Apple (due out likely towards the end of the year in time for the holidays) might impact those in the market for new computers. Although the article is directed at individual consumers performing “typical&# tasks, businesses and those working on virtual teams might want to pay special attention to the coming upgrades and their implications.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Teams: We're There!

Endless Knots

How great to discover while looking for something else we'd written that "Can Absence Make a Team Grow Stronger?", the HBR article that we wrote with Ann Majchrzak and Arvind Molhatra, has been chosen as one of HBR's 10 Must. Books Collaboration Teams Virtual Teams

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The social networks of virtual teams - The Bumble Bee

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Manifesto | About | Contact | Library | Gallery | Archives | Site map The social networks of virtual teams April 21, 2006 | article by Ken Thompson in Bioteams Features (83) Stumble It! Such a team may be the last to know of important changes in its environment.

No Email Reply? Don’t Let it Get the Better of You

Leading Virtually

In the absence of such possibilities in a virtual situation, silence no longer remains as such. In a NY Times article about unanswered emails, someone mentioned that she sometimes doesn’t have the time to give a careful response and puts off responding till later.

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No Email Reply? Don’t Let an Unanswered Email Get the Better of You

Leading Virtually

In the absence of such possibilities in a virtual situation, silence no longer remains as such. In a NY Times article about unanswered emails, someone mentioned that she sometimes doesn’t have the time to give a careful response and puts off responding till later.

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Online tools for internal communication

Joitske Hulsebosch

Together with Sibrenne Wagenaar I wrote a Dutch article called " So you wanna be a virtual team ?" Choose a starting toolset together with the team and discuss the particular way it is going to be used. Stimulate an experimental culture within the team.

No Email Reply? Don’t Let it Get the Better of You

Leading Virtually

In the absence of such possibilities in a virtual situation, silence no longer remains as such. In a NY Times article about unanswered emails, someone mentioned that she sometimes doesn’t have the time to give a careful response and puts off responding till later.

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The AppGap » Connecting … Virtual Teams: News, views, and reviews of Work 2.0 tools, apps and practices

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Connecting … Virtual Teams by Patti Anklam February 10, 2008 at 4:38 pm · Filed under Distributed Work , Enterprise 2.0 , Web 2.0 and how the social networking tools could be used to enhance the connectivity of virtual teams.

Why Social Networking Can Mean Serious Business for Your Virtual Teams

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Read about Guided Insights blended facilitation services and our Bridging the Distance Webinars for more about fostering greater collaboration among your teams, whether face-to-face or virtual. Reflect your team demographics when choosing the best social networking tools.

Virtual Meetings - See Nancy's 77 Tips for Planning and Leading Exceptional Meetings

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have been reading through a copy of Nancy Settle-Murphy's 77 Tips for Planning and Leading Exceptional Virtual Meetings PDF this afternoon. It's has 77 tips (not surprisingly) in a 20-page PDF, all focused on how to make virtual meetings work well - or exceptionally well. Whether you’re a leader of virtual meetings, or a participant who knows there must be a better way to run remote meetings, this tips booklet is for you. Virtual Teams

Virtual Team Collaboration: Share, Send And Publish Large Files Online With Adobe Share - Robin Good's Latest News

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Print this article | Read this article in: | IT | PT | February 6, 2008 ? Key strengths of this new service are an extremely simple and well organized interface, alongside with a set of features that make document sharing among virtual team members extremely easy and effective.

So You Want To Bring About Change

Leading Virtually

Last week’s Time had an article on how President Obama is using the science of change to transform the country. Specifically, President Obama and his economic team are relying on findings in behavioral economics to make people break old habits and adopt behaviors that are better for them and society. I believe that leaders of traditional and virtual teams who are interested in bringing about change can learn from this article.

The More We Email, The More We Want to Meet (So Much for Reducing Business Travel)

Michael Sampson - Currents

A recent article on BA Business Life looked at the growth of business travel, and pondered the reasons why. Tags: Enterprise Collaboration Virtual Teams Perhaps remote meeting technology isn't good enough (video conferencing), or sufficiently spread (telepresence). Perhaps remote meetings are hype, or applicable to only a few work styles. Perhaps communication technology stimulates the need/desire for business travel. "

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The Importance of Face-to-Face Meetings - At Particular Times, and At Regular Times

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the article, Stephen talks about: 1. The monthly meetings had a huge impact on creating a shared culture across the firm - " we created a team that felt a sense of ownership not just of their P&L, but of the entire company. ". Towards the end of the article, Stephen notes that the need for these face-to-face meetings every month diminished over time, and could be pulled back to quarterly with conference calls in between. Collaboration Collaboration Culture Virtual Teams

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The Leading Virtually Digest, March 28, 2009

Leading Virtually

What: LA Times article about President Obama conducting a virtual town hall meeting to reach out and connect to Americans. Posts it is related to: What President Obama Teaches Us For Leading Virtually. Last week, he hosted a virtual town hall meeting that drew more than 104,000 questions and 3.6 The article’s author raised the question of whether the virtual event was truly engaging the public, or it was only creating an illusion of doing so.

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And then I said.

Endless Knots

Manuela Zoninsein's " Keep it Personal: Technology certainly has its place when managing virtual teams, but it’s the relationships that truly count ," in this month's PM Network, hits all the right notes about virtual working.

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What Leads to Effective Virtual Teamwork?

Leading Virtually

The April 2009 issue of the Communications of the ACM, a highly respected journal, published an article by Jay F. Briggs on ‘ Principles for Effective Virtual Teamwork.’ ’ The authors derived these principles from their decade long experience of working with hundreds of virtual teams. Nunanamker, Bruce A. Reining, and Robert O.

Virtual Worlds: A Potential Tool for Cross-Cultural Training

Leading Virtually

He discussed some ways that virtual team leaders could help limit cultural snafus in teams. As more companies are working with partners around the world and multicultural teams occur more and more often, understanding of cultural differences is important for team members and leaders — for both face-to-face and virtual teams. See this NY Times article about cross-cultural training effectiveness).

Free productivity tools to be thankful for

Leading Virtually

Several of the tools I have shared below would benefit virtual team workers because of their collaboration focus. I collect a lot of articles, some scholarly and others from popular press, for my research and teaching.

Uptick in teleconferencing

Endless Knots

Re: the volcano disrupting travel and thus promoting virtual working: One of many articles to come in the next few days, I'm certain, this, thanks to Amy Millman, " Stranded Travelers Turn to Teleconferencing ," by Kevin O'Brien in the NY Times. Tags: 90% people, 10% technology Collaboration Telecommuting Travel Virtual Teams

Joint decision-making about tool use in teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

I'm consulting various people in organisations about the choice for online tools and how to introduce them for use by teams, groups or networks. Together with Sibrenne Wagenaar I wrote a Dutch article called " So you wanna be a virtual team ?" - have to admit here that the Dutch are a little bit crazy giving an English title but the rest is really in Dutch-. In the article we try to explicitize our own way of working.

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Lessons in Leadership and Other Interesting Items

Leading Virtually

Rather than not post anything, I thought I will share some of the interesting articles I read recently. Tags: Teamwork Research Leadership Collaboration leadership team building trust virtual team virtual teams virtual world virtual worlds With the semester ending soon, things are awfully busy at the university. It’s been challenging to find time to sit down, reflect, and write new posts.

Telecommuting goal to reduce carbon footprint in Hubei province

Endless Knots

Remember my obsession with " green teams " and ideas generated by readers to use virtual meetings to clean up the carbon? Encouraging article in China Business News: " Telecommuting to solve Hubei’s carbon emissions problem." " Check out the optimistic last paragraph about the impact of virtual meetings on carbon emissions. (My Collaboration Environment Green Teams Technology Telecommuting Travel Virtual Teams

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What’s More Effective? Carrots or Sticks?

Leading Virtually

Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Safeway’s CEO , Steven A. Does rewarding or punishing individuals make a difference at the team level? What does it mean for virtual teams? Tags: Research Leadership carrots and sticks contingent punishment contingent rewards culture leadership punishments rewards satisfaction virtual team virtual teams

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The Under-Estimated Importance of Friendships

Leading Virtually

We have said often and heard from others that maintaining positive social communication and relationships and creating opportunities for socialization are important for effective and satisfying work in virtual teams (e.g. see New Year Resolution: Be Happy ; Spread Your Virtual Smile, Really ). A recent article in the New York Times discussed research that has shown that friends are often more important to survival rates of those facing health crises than family or a spouse.

The Leading Virtually Digest, February 8, 2009

Leading Virtually

What: Financial Times special report about the current downturn offering opportunities for distributing leadership and the use of flexible virtual teams. Posts to which it is related: What President Obama Teaches Us For Leading Virtually , So Far And Yet So Near , Leading Virtual Communities: Do We Have the Answers , Are Casual Virtual Team Participants Endangering Virtual Teams.

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The algorithm for happiness=3:1

Endless Knots

Turns out that Losada, whose work I am not familiar with, specializes in high-performing teams. The low-performing teams had asked almost no questions and almost never focused outside the group. So high-performing teams produced novel creative results.

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The Leading Virtually Digest, February 27, 2009

Leading Virtually

What: Research article on communication in virtual product development teams. Posts it is related to: Freeing Yourself from Email , The Evolution of Harmful Email Habits , How do I begin to Improve the Functioning of my Virtual Team? Bottom line: The authors of the article studied members of virtual teams engaged in new product development. First, don’t just simply make ICTs available to team members.

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Social Presence and Team Satisfaction

Leading Virtually

Surinder and I are currently conducting research on the use of online media such as virtual worlds for education and training. In my readings I came across an interesting article about the perceptions of social presence, or the feeling of being with others in an online environment, and perceived learning and satisfaction in an online course. discussions, team projects, lectures, written assignments). What might this mean for virtual teams and virtual team leaders?

Where's the research?

Endless Knots

There's a press release circulating along with an article or two derived from the press release, one of which states that "[w]orking remotely causes 243 percent more problems than working together in the same location." Tags: Research Virtual Teams

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The Leading Virtually Digest, January 31, 2009

Leading Virtually

Posts to which it is related: Culture Matters In Virtual Teams. Younger users are more likely to use the Internet for things like social networking or hanging out in virtual worlds. This could have implications for virtual teams with members or leaders from differing generations, including altering preferences for how to communicate and accomplish work. What: New York Times article about selectively sharing information on social networking sites.

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Inc. goes virtual - for a second

Endless Knots

magazine carried out an experiment in February: it sent everyone home to experience working virtually. Senior Writer Max Chafkin's very good article about it, " The Case, and the Plan, for the Virtual Company." " I've complained before about how thin most of the material about virtual working really is with the endless lists of "ten ways to" and "three things that you should do." Those following the field know that Inc.