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.

Who You Calling Virtual? Leading a Virtual Team

Partnering Resources

It’s not about the virtual, it’s about the team. Let’s get one thing out of the way: there’s no such thing as a virtual team. They’re only called virtual teams because members are distributed across organization boundaries, time zones, and countries.

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.

"Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams"

Endless Knots

A lot of virtual team research crosses my screen, most of which is earnest and much of which is the equivalent of a Sunday-night eat-up of what's in the refrigerator. Collaboration Telecommuting Virtual TeamsAnd then something like this comes through, "Developing Real Skills.

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.

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. 

Working in virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

tools to support the work of international virtual teams for a thematic issue about globalization. Since there is not much room (15.000 characters) we have a relative narrow focus on small teams dealing with a clear, time-delinated project. Shawn Callahan, Mark Schenk and Nancy White have written a white paper in English with the title: Building a collaborative workplace. They write about teams, networks and communities and hence have taken a much wider focus.

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.

Iceland causes virtual teams to finally erupt

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Clever walk around his team looking at what the shutdown in air travel has meant to them. How many more volcanoes will it take before virtual teams gain some respect? Tags: 90% people, 10% technology Collaboration Virtual Teams Weather From Reuters/Ingolfur Juliusson, plasmastic Quite a good post (" Eruptions ") from Hugh Tonks at workshifting.com.

"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.

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. Create a collaborative mindset. Clarify the team’s purpose and goals. What's to argue with, whether face-to-face or virtual?

HBS Working Knowledge: Virtual Teams

Collaborative Thinking

Virtual Team Learning: Reflecting and Acting, Alone or With Others. This paper examines virtual team learning in new product development situations. We present data from an exploratory study of learning processes in globally dispersed new product development teams. We find that effective virtual teams, like co-located teams, engage in both reflective and action-oriented learning behaviors. Tags: Collaboration

Interactions 2012 - Effective Virtual Teams - Martin White #iic12 @intranetfocus #virtualteams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Martin White from Intranet Focus is talking about being effective with virtual teams. Key points: - Martin has been running virtual teams since 1977. Many organizations have virtual teams, but few provide training for being on a virtual team. - The Challenger disaster - basically a virtual team that went very wrong. Need training in how to run virtual meetings. There's a lot of research been done on virtual teams. -

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Does Online Identity Matter In Virtual Teams?

Leading Virtually

Our paper was an extension of the research we have been doing on leadership in virtual worlds that I wrote about previously. This paper focused on how one’s online identity may affect virtual team member perceptions and how virtual teams work together. Specifically, we looked at how one’s online identity affects perceptions of anonymity within the team and how that sense of anonymity affects group cohesion and satisfaction.

Virtual Team Intelligence - webcast now posted

Endless Knots

Thanks, Tom Heck, president and founder of the International Association of Team Facilitators , for inviting me to participate in your virtual team series and for posting this interview , with the vaunted title, " 90% People, 10% Technology - Virtual Team Intelligence." Tags: 90% people, 10% technology Collaboration Telecommuting 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/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. 90% people, 10% technology Collaboration Virtual Teams

How Important Is It To Manage Temporal Diversity in Virtual Teams?

Leading Virtually

What I saw in action were two individuals, one who emphasized speed and the other who emphasized quality, somehow balancing their differences in a way that helped them perform effectively as a team. Or does it create conflict among workers and hinder team performance?

Role-Playing for Virtual Team Training

Leading Virtually

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. Not only can virtual teams be trained online, but training is often critical for virtual team success.

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. 

Supportive and Critical Communication in Virtual Teams

Leading Virtually

Effective communication in electronic environments can be vexing to virtual teams. We have mentioned issues around communication in past posts, such as Betsy’s discussion of the importance of a cooperative mindset and cohesion , Surinder’s post on building social relationships , or my post about the possible value of avatars in virtual world communication.

Virtual teams poorly managed, say 1 in 3 execs in Economist study

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Looks like some quite solid research from the Economist Intelligence Unit, " Managing virtual teams: Taking a more strategic approach." " In the study, conducted in Fall 2009, a third of those executives surveyed said that their virtual teams were not well managed, yet most endorsed using them nonetheless. The major findings (go to link to download the study): Executives are generally positive about working in virtual teams.

Can Virtual Teams Afford the Hardware for Their Software?

Leading Virtually

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. What does this mean for virtual teams? One example is users of virtual worlds, which also often require a large amount of CPU usage, good graphics chips, and a lot of RAM to work effectively.

A Choir -- via Collaboration Tools

Michael Sampson - Currents

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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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How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

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Working Remotely: Three Keys to Effectiveness

Michael Sampson - Currents

On The Smarter Office blog this week, I wrote about three keys to being effective with virtual teams: " What do you call a team of people who always meet face-to-face around a meeting table and whiteboard? As I showed in the Working Remotely infographic in my last post, the proportion of employees working at a distance from their fellow team members has been increasing year-on-year for a decade, and many organizations expect it to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

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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.

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

Endless Knots

There is little evidence to support the notion that people need to be face-to-face to collaborate OR innovate. " Can Absence Make a Team Grow Stronger ?" to bring team members together to get their best work. collaborating virtually.

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"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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New Way to Work Index – Unify

Michael Sampson - Currents

Unify recently published the results of its New Way to Work Index : The first research wave for the Unify New Way to Work Index ran between January and February 2014 and surveyed more than 300 executives across the globe focusing on the habits and constructs of successful teams. Unify summarised six habits of highly successful teams: - they don’t let distance get in the way, and behavior trumps location. they collaborate freely wherever they are.

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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 virtual teams, we can reduce email silence considerably by drawing up a team compact in which we outline the rules of engagement. Isn’t technology meant to connect us?

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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 virtual teams, we can reduce email silence considerably by drawing up a team compact in which we outline the rules of engagement. Technology is meant to connect us.

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Is Video Conferencing a Good Substitute for Face-to-face Meetings?

Leading Virtually

Or, if a virtual team is using video-conferencing and the leader would like participants to be more systematic in their processing, the leader should minimize the cognitive burden of using video conferencing.

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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 virtual teams, we can reduce email silence considerably by drawing up a team compact in which we outline the rules of engagement. Isn’t technology meant to connect us?

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Is Video Conferencing a Good Substitute for Face-to-face Meetings?

Leading Virtually

Or, if a virtual team is using video-conferencing and the leader would like participants to be more systematic in their processing, the leader should minimize the cognitive burden of using video conferencing.

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Online tools for internal communication

Joitske Hulsebosch

How to avoid mis-communication and tools that make collaboration worse? 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.

Yes, Leadership Changes in a Web 2.0 World

Leading Virtually

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

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Virtual Team Collaboration: Share, Send And Publish Large Files Online With Adobe Share Adobe Share is a web-based team collaboration service allowing you to easily share, send, access and republish selected documents and files online.

Virtual Learning Company Questionnaire

Endless Knots

Collaboration Research Telecommuting Virtual TeamsWriting 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. This morning I received a really nice email from Archana.

Face-to-face for the Oreo tweet

Endless Knots

360i, and when the blackout happened, the team looked at it as an. the brand team was there, it was easy to get approvals and get it up in. Were the most senior Oreo execs online and watching the quick-acting team that garnered so much buzz so quickly?

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Get to Know Your Virtual Colleagues as People - and Good Things Happen (to Important Things Like Productivity)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Larry talks about the power of non-task and personal relationships as a contributor to the performance of distributed teams: " Most managers know about the water cooler effect. However, not enough understand the meaning of the concept and how it relates to performance and collaboration. People thinking about how to support collaboration and performance need to keep in mind the simple fact that employees don’t only gather around the water cooler or coffee pot to get a drink.

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How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

What I saw in action were two individuals, one who emphasized speed and the other who emphasized quality, somehow balancing their differences in a way that helped them perform effectively as a team. Or does it create conflict among workers and hinder team performance?

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.