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. 

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Endless Knots

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.

"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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Keep me (and BusinessWeek) company @ 2 PM EST today!

Endless Knots

Tags: Virtual Teams Me Networks and Networking Web/Tech Collaboration Business

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Jim Ware to Yahoo: "You've got a management system problem"

Endless Knots

but, when pressed for what he would say to the company, he pointed out that there is a larger issue here than where people are working. but these companies need to create an office work environment where people want to be there." " Marissa Mayer Telecommuting 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

We don’t care as much when our email to a company’s customer service is unanswered but when we send it to someone we know or an individual we are trying to establish contact with, not receiving a reply leaves us unsettled. 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

We don’t care as much when our email to a company’s customer service is unanswered but when we send it to someone we know or an individual we are trying to establish contact with, not receiving a reply leaves us unsettled. Technology is meant to connect us.

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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. Depending on the size of the unit that needs to change, Collective Sensemaking conversations can take place in a team, department, or whole organization. 

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

Leading Virtually

We don’t care as much when our email to a company’s customer service is unanswered but when we send it to someone we know or an individual we are trying to establish contact with, not receiving a reply leaves us unsettled. Isn’t technology meant to connect us?

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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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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 While it focused on the future of work, the conversation was rooted in examples of companies where the future has already pretty much arrived.

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.

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. Ice breakers are SOP for all teams.

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

Michael Sampson - Currents

Stephen shares an experience at a firm he founded regarding the importance of face-to-face meetings : " At Hartwell Pacific, the global metal recycling company I founded in 1993 and exited in 2008, I was operating factories in six different cities in four countries, so developing an effective global management system was critical. Equally, " The meetings also helped management to root out fraud and gross negligence, which was a chronic problem at a company growing as quickly as ours.

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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? " Check out the optimistic last paragraph about the impact of virtual meetings on carbon emissions. (My In the long run, he said, savings from virtual meetings will increase at a much greater rate – about 623 million tons of CO2 annually – by 2030, thereby cutting commercial aviation emissions by nearly 40 percent.

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The "study" author responds

Endless Knots

As per below, I invited the virtual team "study" author and the person whom I've been corresponding with to respond to my posts. Perhaps you can post it on the blog:   Our recent study on virtual teams (referenced above) draws attention to some of the challenges associated with working across distances. That solution involves improving the way virtual teams communicate in crucial moments. Most virtual workers I know love them.

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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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Interesting notion: Spend 3/4 of your time with those not co-located

Endless Knots

It's not just because " Selling a Global Business: Teamwork Working Like Clockwork Around the Clock " quotes us (thanks) that I'm pulling out its virtual team guidelines. Find the best time zones for the team and alternate between them. For example, in a recent client engagement involving a US company expanding in an Asian market, we had meetings every Tuesday, but alternated between 7 am and 7 pm US CST.

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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. Companies are purchasing seminars to help educate expatriates and those working in varying cultural contexts.

Instead of layoffs

Endless Knots

Very small grants, for example, in Denmark the amount was $10,000, go to small networks of at least three companies. If it's too expensive to buy sophisticated equipment or, more modernly, software, the companies can together afford it.

Icfai Business School's Effective Executive Interviews. us!

Endless Knots

Quite distinguished company we're in: others in the series include, well, all the big business-writer-types. Tags: Business Collaboration Knowledge management Me Networks and Networking Virtual Teams Writing We (not the royal - just Jeff Stamps and I) were pleased to participate in an interview on "Building High Performance Teams" for the May 2009 issue of Icfai Business School 's publication, Effective Executive.

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.

How many multi-tasking on conference calls? 100%

Endless Knots

I've recently done a project for a company that is highly dependent on conference calls. You know the type - people spread out across many hundreds and thousands of miles, rarely get together, have to work together.let me see, I think they've got that virus called, uh, VIRTUAL TEAMS! My follow-up to this question is always the same (this is what they teach you in Virtual Team Medical School): are you also looking at the same screen during these calls?

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. It turns out it's the gregarious types who thrive in virtual work set-ups, since they connect nonetheless. Managing Virtually: First, Get Dressed. An Ernst & Young executive who has been managing teams virtually for a decade shares her tips and caveats. How the fast-growing food company integrates its small permanent staff with a sizable contractor workforce.

What’s More Effective? Carrots or Sticks?

Leading Virtually

Safeway has been able to hold the per-capita health-care costs flat since 2005, while for most American companies these costs have increased by 38% during the same period. Does rewarding or punishing individuals make a difference at the team level? What does it mean for virtual teams? Last weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried an article by Safeway’s CEO , Steven A. Burd, addressing the national health-care reform debate.

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"Social sites are building the database for the planet"

Endless Knots

Although I wasn't able to sit in for the whole day, I was able to catch a few excellent sessions, including the one on virtual organizations (you'll have to scroll to find it on the agenda) where Simon Crosby , Citrix's CTO for Virtualization and Management, dropped quite a few gems. Honestly, it's hard for anyone on a panel about virtual organizations to say anything new. Virtualization gives user own world free from legacy apps.

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Got a virtual office? Better get a physical address

Endless Knots

We went completely virtual. Just a few extra bucks to the phone company, about which I cede to Ernestine , who can explain the "service" aspects of this far more succinctly than I. It finally occurred to us that no one else needed to be in the office either and so we arranged to all go virtual. Other clients, also publicly-traded companies, have had no problem with this. Special SOX rules just for this company? Meanwhile, virtual companies, beware.

The Implications of Cloud Computing for Work Teams and Leaders

Leading Virtually

A good example is Google Docs , which allows the Leading Virtually team to store documents and collaborate entirely online and at the team’s convenience from any computer with Internet access and no use of our own storage capacity. One of the big selling points for cloud computing is that it significantly reduces (if not removes) the capital investment companies have to make in the applications of interest.

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The Leading Virtually Digest, January 24, 2009

Leading Virtually

Posts to which it is related: What President Obama Teaches Us for Leading Virtually. All the lessons of a virtual team apply to this new form of governance. Post to which it is related: Improving Virtual Team Leadership Using Technology. In organizational behavior, there is a theory that says leaders have an in-group and an out-group, and that relationships between leader and team member are much richer for the in-group than for the out-group.

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The Leading Virtually Digest, March 20, 2009

Leading Virtually

Posts to which it is related: Supportive and Critical Communication in Virtual Teams , Improving Virtual Team Leadership Using Technology. Bottom line: This article reviews the use of Cisco’s TelePresence system during a press conference at which the company announced new servers. This is precisely why a new kind of leadership - virtual leadership - is necessary for teams and companies who want to adopt collaborative technologies.

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Another Paradox of Virtual Work

Leading Virtually

A while back, Betsy blogged about paradoxes in virtual work. Basically, virtual work can both decrease and increase visibility. Since virtual workers can be located anywhere, they are not visible to their managers. However, since virtual workers conduct a significant part of their work on or via information and communication technologies, there is greater potential to track their work, including their communication, than if they were not working remotely.

The Bioteaming Manifesto: 6 years old!

The Bumble Bee

The manifesto is the foundation of the Bioteams book, published March 2008, and is a comprehensive conceptual framework for the effective management of today's Virtual Teams , Multi-Enterprise Teams and Cross-Functional teams.

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Real-time dashboarding of Social Media conversations

The Bumble Bee

Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities, virtual teams and management simulation and has published two landmark books: Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Best Designs.

New Bioteams Project Management Video

The Bumble Bee

A short Bioteams video interview has been published by Bas de Baar on Project Shrink where Bas and I discuss some of the most common questions about bioteams projects such as team member alignment and is there a role for a project manager in a bioteam (Yes!).

The Networked Enterprise: NASA Video

The Bumble Bee

Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities, virtual teams and management simulation and has published two landmark books: Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Best Designs.

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