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.

Six easy pieces for "Virtual Team Success"

Endless Knots

Virtual Team Success from Darleen Derosa and Richard Lepsinger is good stuff, based on research, and written by people who've been thinking about this topic for a while. Great summary of the book in two blog posts on Tech Journal South. Books Virtual Teams

Always say yes to grad students: an interview about virtual teams

Endless Knots

Every so often in the past gazillion years, a graduate student comes along, one who's working on a master's or doctorate around virtual/remote/distribution organizations. This interview also reflects my biases about the current state-of-the-virtual-art. 

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Elsua

So I thought I would go ahead and spend some time today covering those same 5 reasons she talked about extensively and build further up on some additional tips distributed teams could apply to help avoid those specific issues.

Benefit of Virtual Teams - the BP Experience (from mid-1990s)

Michael Sampson - Currents

In Knowing the Drill: Virtual Teamwork at BP , Don Cohen looks at the benefits that accrued to BP from virtual teaming approaches and technology in the 1990s. Deliberate coaching was used to get the benefits of virtual teaming. The team spent 50% of their project budget on coaching. - The members of what was called the Virtual Petrotechnical Team were given VT equipment and essentially left alone to find uses for it.

Economist webcast on virtual teams

Endless Knots

Remember the Economist Intelligence Unit's study where 1 in 3 virtual teams said they were poorly managed? Impressive to hear how far along Save the Children is (they have "knowledge sharing teams," for instance, around child nutrition; their finance people around the world are in a community of practice) and how at ease with the idea Rogers is. If you're agitated about virtual teams, this webcast will calm you right down.

"Another day in a virtual team"

Endless Knots

Besides, I abhor plugging products, unless, of course, I decide I like them, in which case it's more likely to be a book than a collaboration product. Since you are an expert on virtual teams, I would love for you to see a video I created about a practical virtual team in action.

Thank you, VIRTUAL TEAMS readers

Endless Knots

It was time for our next book; we threw out the idea for a book about Sixteen years ago, we went to lunch with our then-editor Jim Childs at John Wiley & Sons (Jim's now a publisher at Time Inc).

Always say yes to grad students: an interview about virtual teams

Endless Knots

Every so often in the past gazillion years, a graduate student comes along, one who's working on a master's or doctorate around virtual/remote/distributed/global organizations. " This interview was for her final dissertation, "The Challenges of Virtual Project Management," enabling her to graduate from Tampere, following her spending time as an exchange student at Portsmouth University in the UK. We wrote extensively about this in our books.

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." The "research" is a trope for hyping the book.

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. 

How to stimulate creativity in online teams: A 100% online process to design a blended learning trajectory

Joitske Hulsebosch

The members of our design team live in Namibia, Switzerland, Suriname, Nairobi and the Netherlands. The design team knew each other pretty well. The design team was used to Zoom instead of Adobe, but we chose Adobe Connect because of the whiteboard, and the ability to work in groups.

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The Superintelligent Organization: create total competitive advantage?

The Bumble Bee

I have been studying one of the most highly regarded books on the future of AI (Artificial Intelligence), "Superintelligence - paths, dangers, strategies" by Nick Bostrom. Virtual Teams

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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?", Books Collaboration Teams Virtual Teams

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Being Acknowledged in Books

Michael Sampson - Currents

While I've written my own books for the past five years, seeing my name in a book has always been because I put it there myself. But in the past month or so that's changed, as a couple of recent books have acknowledged my work. Anyway, two books to check out - for their content, of course - are by Nancy and Ed: - Nancy Settle-Murphy wrote Leading Effective Virtual Teams: Overcoming Time and Distance to Achieve Exceptional Results (published December 2012).

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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.

"The Successful Virtual Office in 30 Minutes"

Endless Knots

Comes now Melanie Pinola’s contribution to Lamont’s series with “ The Successful Virtual Office.” A technology writer with a lot of data to offer, Pinola begins with many footnoted facts, including the Forrester stat claiming that 40% of US workers will work in virtual offices by next year.

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Marissa, we need to talk: This genie is way out of the bottle

Endless Knots

" Can Absence Make a Team Grow Stronger ?" " With two business school professors, we researched 54 high-performing teams in 26 companies across 15 industries and the resounding conclusion from the data was "yes, indeed." collaborating virtually.

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"Collective Sensemaking:" Author Nancy Dixon looking for participants

Endless Knots

My colleague, Nancy Dixon , author, knowledge expert, and insightful thinker, is writing a new book about "Collective Sensemaking," which happens, she posits, as part of the perpetual motion of teams -- sometimes together, sometimes apart -- and is looking for teams to interview. Sounds like an interesting book!  I am writing a book about this pattern of oscillation and about how to make Collective Sensemaking work.

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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

Dig In To Learn More Visit Patti Anklams web site to find her blog "Networks, Complexity, and Relatedness" and read about her recently published book, Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World.

Bioteams referenced in a dozen new books

The Bumble Bee

I did a little bit of searching using google books search on the web today and was very encouraged to find that "bioteams" is discussed in at least 12 recent books. You can checkout Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Most Successful Designs here.

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Virtual Learning Company Questionnaire

Endless Knots

Writing books has its downsides -- sore neck, publisher disagreements, pressure to always start another one -- but then something like this happens and it's worth writing a few more. Collaboration Research Telecommuting Virtual TeamsThis morning I received a really nice email from Archana.

"The Successful Virtual Office in 30 Minutes"

Endless Knots

Comes now Melanie Pinola’s contribution to Lamont’s series with “ The Successful Virtual Office.” A technology writer with a lot of data to offer, Pinola begins with many footnoted facts, including the Forrester stat claiming that 40% of US workers will work in virtual offices by next year. I’m going out on a very short limb here, feeling quite secure: 100% of American (and global) information workers already are working in virtual offices.

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Brings tears to an author's keyboard

Endless Knots

First, "Books on the Shelf that I will not be reading before I leave school, that is," after which follows a long list. After that: "And the books I have read that I will miss." " Virtual Teams , Lipnack & Stamps (1997)." Tags: Virtual Teams Weblogs Via alert, this post came up from a student , apparently, close to departure.

2010 109

Steven Johnson On Effective Meetings

Michael Sampson - Currents

Interesting analysis from Steven Johnson about the type of meetings that are effective vs. in-effective: " Well, that brings me to something in the book that bummed me out. Tags: Being Effective Virtual Teams You cite a study that observed science labs and found the breakthroughs happened more often during staff meetings than at the microscope. I hate meetings. It's funny that you say that, because I hate meetings too.

What's the Best Group Design for Highly-Effective Projects?

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the book review section, I found this gem from Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. I wonder two things: (1) why this happens, and (2) if it applies equally to project teams at work.

Bioteams: P2P Foundation Book of the Week

The Bumble Bee

Michel Bauwens founder of the Foundation for Peer-to-Peer Alternatives has just selected Bioteams as the P2P Foundation Book of the Week. The Networked Enterprise: Competing for the future through Virtual Enterprise Networks.

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Jill Nemiro on creativity in virtual teams.and a lot more

Endless Knots

Jill Nemiro, PhD, book author, former actor, and film and video editor, is an expert in virtual teams. It must be close to ten years since I first heard from Jill as she was working on her PhD in an original field: Creativity in Virtual Teams. Her dissertation was so good that it was published - and she's gone on to do several more books. Developing ways to advance one's career in the virtual workplace.

Wiley: books, royalties, dust-ups, etc.from a Wiley author

Endless Knots

Facts: In March, 2010, Wiley and Bloomberg announced a new line, "Bloomberg Press, a Wiley imprint," naming Wiley as the new global publisher and distributor of Bloomberg's books. Of course, like all authors, we've had our share of complaints but what author can really gripe about receiving regular royalties on a book with multiple translations that came out ten years ago ( Virtual Teams )?  Tags: Books Publishing

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Could you please repeat the question?

Endless Knots

Readers (or as I now think of you, thanks to Julie Powell , bleaders) know that Jeff Stamps and I have been collecting best practices in Virtual Teams since "we wrote the book." Being explicit is mandatory for virtual teams.

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Focusing on the Positive for Positive Team Outcomes

Leading Virtually

The other day I found a link to a book review on Twitter. The book is called Yes! I found this to be an interesting insight for leaders to think about, especially when faced with the need to make a team intervention, work with a continually evolving team, or introduce change into a team. I’d love to know if anyone has experience using AI in teams or organizations and lessons learned from the experience.

Well, yes, kinda, sorta, Pat

Endless Knots

Pat Lencioni's written the book on dysfunctional teams and, bless him, he's trying to put his stamp on the dysfunctions of virtual teams too. A fawning post on another blog led me to Lencioni's short piece on the three blunders of virtual teams , in his view: they underestimate the challenge of being virtual; they waste their face-to-face time socializing too much and/or going over details; and they don't know how to hold good conference calls.

2009 109

Were you in NETWORKING? Please pass along

Endless Knots

In 1982, Doubleday published Networking: The First Report and Directory , Jeff's and my first book. So would you please pass this note along to anyone you know who might have been in the book?

The "you never know" principle

Endless Knots

Countless the times when something of the vin ordinaire varietal transpires - give a talk, write a book, take a workshop, go hear some else's speech - and then eons later, something else happens that connects back to that moment, one that you'd never imagine could have grown from that.

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How do you measure the success of face-to-face teams?

Endless Knots

") but a call from a former client today, now a virtual teams consultant, prompts me to come back to it. Out pounding the pavement with his services, or at least pressing the keys, he's finding that everyone wants metrics for the success of virtual teams. Here's my question: how do you measure your face-to-face teams? If you do measure your co-located teams in some way, apply those same measures to virtual teams.

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"Storytelling adds human touch to virtual work"

Endless Knots

Such is the case with David Adewumi's reposting of Kathy Hansen's original one about the value of stories to virtual team success, which David posted to Heekya yesterday. As a result of this finding, I developed a well-received virtual-teams project in my business-communication classes. It was at about this same time that my interest in storytelling was burgeoning; thus, I'm quite interested in convergences between virtual work and storytelling.

The algorithm for happiness=3:1

Endless Knots

Her new book is Positivity. So there's a lot to consider and I haven't read the book or anything else by her but.I Turns out that Losada, whose work I am not familiar with, specializes in high-performing teams. So high-performing teams produced novel creative results.

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Managing the Multiple Identities of Virtual Work

Leading Virtually

Singer appeared on several shows ( NPR’s Fresh Air , The Daily Show ) to talk about his new book Wired for War. While not necessarily the central focus of the book, one point he made caught my attention for its relation to virtual teams. Singer recalls one pilot who spoke of how psychologically confusing it is to be at war in Iraq (virtually) all day, and then to get in his car and within an hour be sitting at the dinner table with his family.

Beware virtual teamers: you're not sexy

Endless Knots

Pat Lencioni , the team book writer/expert (disclosure: though we've had the same publisher, I've never read his books, so apologies to him), says so in The Catholic Reporter. virtual teams. I quote again: "Once a team understands the disadvantage of not being co-located, then it will be more likely to take on the next mistake that virtual teams make: wasting the precious time that they do spend together."

Oldie but goodie: "CompuServe's Intranet Forum"

Endless Knots

I got to know Diane well when we both worked on American Management Association's " Leading Virtual and Remote Teams " course, Diane as course designer, and I as subject matter expert. What follows is a transcript of "Virtual Teams," an online author interview that Jeff Stamps and I did on CompuServe in 1997, the same year that our book by that name came out. Many of them are teams which have existed for a number of years.

Business Week: Managing the virtual workforce

Endless Knots

Business Week has done a good job over the years of following trends in the virtual workplace. When one of our early books came out (maybe The TeamNet Factor ) we got an audience with then (a bit more than cub) reporter John Byrne, now waaaay more than cub, i.e. he's editor of the mag. It turns out it's the gregarious types who thrive in virtual work set-ups, since they connect nonetheless. Managing Virtually: First, Get Dressed.

A little history on the Computer History Museum (and MassNet, RIP)

Endless Knots

One last bit of personal history: Jeff's and my book, The Age of the Network , had its launch that night, also at The Computer Museum, where our publisher, Darryl Landvater of Oliver Wight, and our editor, Jim Childs, now publisher at Time Inc., hosted a book party So, thanks, Harry, for giving me the opening to write about MassNet and.try The Computer History Museum. A comment today on another post by Harry Stevens prompts this post.