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. 

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. Here you will find numerous research-based “devices” for clearing the hurdles that virtual teams present.

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.

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.

Metrics and Assessment Tools for Effective Virtual Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ajay just asked this question: " Are there any metrics or Assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of a Virtual or Distributed Team? Tags: Virtual Teams I want to be able to implement some of these recommendations that I have been reading, but would like a way to measure pre and post implementation to understand how much of a difference these really make. ". What metrics or assessment tools do you use for this?

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.

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. Unfortunately, the article does not discuss any recent developments with Linux distributions, but for those of us using Windows or Mac OS, here is what we can expect: Windows is upgrading the much-maligned Vista to Windows 7.

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.

"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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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. A couple of studies released this summer dealing with performance and collaboration in teams merit consideration in this regard. Key points: - If team members understand each other as people, they perform more effectively on virtual teams. Being Collaborative Virtual Teams

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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.

When the Leader is the Only One Remote From the Team

Leading Virtually

On my LinkedIn profile , I received a suggestion in response to one of my recent posts that I cover a particular configuration of virtual teams. In this configuration, the team leader is in one location and the rest of the team is in another.

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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." Keep notes, display them, distribute immediately. Ice breakers are SOP for all teams.

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The Leading Virtually Digest, January 16, 2009

Leading Virtually

Posts to which it is related: Confessions of a Telecommuter , So You Think You’d Like to Telecommute , Leading in Face-to-face Versus Virtual Teams. What: Virtualization Journal article on the development of virtual war rooms to help distributed teams get their work done. Bottom line: To help workers in dispersed teams collaborate effectively without getting drowned in emails and meetings, a new class of collaboration technology is emerging.

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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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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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"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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Anecdote: Distributed teams and the bane of time zones

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Kennedy and the French Revolution | Main | The difficulty in being the expert interpreting a story » 19/06/07 | Distributed teams and the bane of time zones By Shawn. Lynda Gratton at MITSloan has written a short article of some factors that might affect the performance of a distributed team. Im three weeks into a new virtual team and Im surprised by the lack of awareness of team member time zones.

Email, bye bye (and your heard it here first)

Endless Knots

And, of course, Harvard Business Review, May, 2004, " Can Absence Make A Team Grow Stronger? ", our jointly written (with Ann Majchrzak and Arvind Molhatra) article in which our study indicated that highly successful virtual teams often ban email because it proves not that useful for true distributed collaboration. Wall Street Journal, Oct 12, 2009: " Why Email No Longer Rules " by Jessica E. Vascellaro.

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Bioteams and The Effective Executive

The Bumble Bee

There is a major Bioteams article in the October 2010 edition of The Effective Executive Magazine which drills down into Pheromone Messaging, Collective Leadership and Team Ecosystems. Bioteams is the new discipline of adapting principles from nature's groups to improve human team performance.

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

Endless Knots

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 )?  on the basis of list price (the price that you see discounted at say, Amazon - here's ours for Virtual Teams (a 35% discount off list); and 2. We have a net proceeds agreement for Virtual Teams and a list price agreement for The TeamNet Factor.

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Face Time

Michael Sampson - Currents

Essentially, based on research over many years, if the team had got together in person at the beginning of the work, the outcomes of the project for the then virtual team were greater. a flow chart) , The Importance of Face-to-Face Meetings , and Improving the Performance of Distributed Teams at Molson Coors: Shared Motto, Yammer, and Getting Together. Bert asks how to add face-to-face communication back into our increasingly digital interactions.

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ZAAZ Hiring Community Managers

Web Social Architecture

Responsibilities: Manage online communities, including both hosted communities like forums and blogs; and distributed communities across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, etc. Ability to integrate with virtual teams across agency and client organizations. We are looking for community managers / moderators with broad experience interacting with customers online on behalf of brands. Above all else, we need brand-savvy, social media literate, agency-experienced doers.

ZAAZ Hiring Community Managers

Web Social Architecture

Responsibilities: Manage online communities, including both hosted communities like forums and blogs; and distributed communities across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, etc. Ability to integrate with virtual teams across agency and client organizations. We are looking for community managers / moderators with broad experience interacting with customers online on behalf of brands. Above all else, we need brand-savvy, social media literate, agency-experienced doers.

Understanding the Real Structure within Your Organization with NetAge OrgScope

Portals and KM

Instead of there being a relatively even distribution of management span, it turned out most managers (about 80%) had only a few people reporting to them while about 20% had a relatively huge number reporting to them, in one case, 38 people.

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Social Workplace for Government 2.0 by Deb Lavoy

Elsua

Thus virtual and physical come together as one.

Missing links

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

ABSTRACT Face-to-face meetings may be invaluable, but they are not a panacea for the challenges facing teams spread around the globe managers must also prioritize activities before and after these meetings to help team members stay connected. Managing the life cycle of virtual teams. An empirical study of speed and communication in globally-distributed software development. Communication and trust in global virtual teams.

Technology: how to develop the Dutch online competences?

Joitske Hulsebosch

There is an interesting article called communication and trust in global virtual teams by Leidner and Jarvenpaa, which I also blogged about here. They talk about swift trust and their questions is: from where is trust imported to the global virtual team and how is trust maintained via electronic communication? The fact that management team are often made up of older people who are 'blind' to the full range of online possibilities does not help make an important shift.

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Social Architecture (a manifesto) | Management Innovation eXchange

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Most people, teams and companies are paralyzed by the flood of information. The advice for leaders is clear: Get dumber by distributing the intelligence in the community of your brand (big deal: giving up control), and Redefine intelligence: it’s not in the manual but in the interaction.

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

If this is a work team, what processes and agreements will you need? Virtual teams benefit from explicit processes and it is worth investing time in them.

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

If this is a work team, what processes and agreements will you need? Virtual teams benefit from explicit processes and it is worth investing time in them.

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

If this is a work team, what processes and agreements will you need? Virtual teams benefit from explicit processes and it is worth investing time in them.

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

If this is a work team, what processes and agreements will you need? Virtual teams benefit from explicit processes and it is worth investing time in them.

Effective Collaboration: Chaos in Collaboration: Pitfalls to Avoid, Steps to Success (Part 5 of 5)

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Michael Sampson Improving the Performance of Distributed Teams Navigation Home Resources Library Currents (the blog) Seamless Teamwork Our Approach About Michael Sampson Contact Us « Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (March 21, 2008) | Main | Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (March 25, 2008) » Chaos in Collaboration: Pitfalls to Avoid, Steps to Success (Part 5 of 5) This is Part 5 of the Chaos in Collaboration series.

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“International Update on Web 2.0 in Business” (Sarah Heal, Information Leadership)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Distributed business / virtual teams. Sarah Heal from Information Leadership is talking on the use of Web 2.0 tool in business. based on their experiences using them, what they see with clients, and from KMWorld 2008. See also sarah-heal.com. Knowledge management means: helping people doing a great job. For firms, Web 2.0 helps wrap around expert support and collaboration tools. Need to support more than just information. but also know-how, peers and experts.

Small Team Collaboration: Seven Key Beliefs To Work As A Great Team

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Small Team Collaboration: Seven Key Beliefs To Work As A Great Team What makes great teams be such? Is it a matter of coincidental matters that some teams perform systematically above average or being a high performance team is due to specific traits of those that make the team up? Great high performing teams leverage strong shared beliefs and goals among other key characteristics to perform systematically above others.

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Effective Collaboration: Chaos in Collaboration: Integrating Collaboration Tools (Part 4 of 5)

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Michael Sampson Improving the Performance of Distributed Teams Navigation Home Resources Library Currents (the blog) Seamless Teamwork Our Approach About Michael Sampson Contact Us « Chaos in Collaboration: The Changing Locus of Collaboration (Part 3 of 5) | Main | Open Text Embraces Enterprise 2.0:

Effective Collaboration: Chaos in Collaboration: The Concept of Collaboration (Part 2 of 5)

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Michael Sampson Improving the Performance of Distributed Teams Navigation Home Resources Library Currents (the blog) Seamless Teamwork Our Approach About Michael Sampson Contact Us « Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (March 14, 2008) | Main | Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (March 17, 2008) » Chaos in Collaboration: The Concept of Collaboration (Part 2 of 5) This is Part 2 of the Chaos in Collaboration series.

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Green Chameleon » Touch

Green Chameleon

And why do organisations insist on believing they can completely remove face to face meetings – basic human contact – from their virtual teams and communities of practice once they have put collaboration infrastructure in place?

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Effective Collaboration: Chaos in Collaboration: The Changing Locus of Collaboration (Part 3 of 5)

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Michael Sampson Improving the Performance of Distributed Teams Navigation Home Resources Library Currents (the blog) Seamless Teamwork Our Approach About Michael Sampson Contact Us « Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (March 18, 2008) | Main | Chaos in Collaboration: Integrating Collaboration Tools (Part 4 of 5) » Chaos in Collaboration: The Changing Locus of Collaboration (Part 3 of 5) This is Part 3 of the Chaos in Collaboration series.

2008 28

eLearn: Best Practices - Online Course Design from a Communities-of-Practice Perspective

John Tropea - Delicious Community

2/19/09) Laurie Rowell, eLearn Magazine Reviewing Last Years E-Learning Predictions (1/23/09) Stephen Downes, National Research Council Canada Predictions For 2009 (1/09/09) Lisa Neal Gualtieri, Editor-in-Chief, eLearn Magazine Virtual Teams: Making the Online Classroom a Learning Organization (8/22/08) Edward Volchok, Ph.D, Best Practices How Will Online Courses Weather the Economic Downturn?

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HP social network

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

Since so many people at HP are part of virtual teams which meet infrequently or not at all, me@hp provides a way of letting others see what you look like, what you are interested in, and what you would like to share with others,” said Stan Garfield, Worldwide Knowledge Management Leader for Consulting & Integration at Hewlett Packard. The Consulting & Integration Knowledge Management team created and manages the site.

Ten leading platforms for creating online communities | Enterprise Web 2.0 | ZDNet.com

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Whether you’re on the business side, in IT, or are just trying to build virtual teams around shared goals, online communities are rapidly becoming a popular way to organize people and accomplish work in a highly collaborative manner. This is because community forms the foundation and virtual tent within which network-based collaboration occurs.