Information Theory and Uncertainty in Collaborative Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the early time slices of a new team or group – which could range from minutes to weeks depending on the velocity of interaction and information sharing – team members develop a shared base of information. Introduce one or two new people into the team or group.

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Fast Team Formation

Michael Sampson - Currents

No one gave a team pre-talk. No one wrote a team compact. Needs that become obvious to one person were verbalised to see if another team member had a way of solving the problem. Team formation doesn’t aways work so smoothly, but everything clicked last night.

2017 127

Instant Team: Game-Based Learning for Accelerated Team Development

The Bumble Bee

Sadly, you cannot create a High-Performing Team in a day or afternoon or even over lunch. Mechanisms such as competitive business simulation games or other short team challenges. Team Leadership Development

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Free High Performing Teams Instant Healthcheck Tool

The Bumble Bee

An important free tool which I provide with my new book ' A Systematic Guide to High Performing Teams ' is a Team Process Health Check Spreadsheet written in Microsoft Excel. Team Leadership Development

2016 127

The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

The Bumble Bee

Team Game Plans are essential when team is faced with a new and challenging task , such as a business simulation game. So to have RAPPORT in your team you need to quickly agree your team's: R OLES. How will we divide up the team responsibilities?

2016 164

Update on Microsoft Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Update from Kirk on the Office 365 Team on the new (still in preview) Microsoft Teams service in Office 365: … Microsoft Teams has picked up momentum since its launch last November. In the last month alone, 30,000 organizations across 145 markets and 19 languages have actively used Microsoft Teams. – Pramit Nairi, Only Microsoft Could Make Teams. – Stuart McIntyre, My musings on Microsoft Teams.

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How good is your team? Try the Team Pressure Cooker Exercise!

The Bumble Bee

Sometimes teams can become quite blind towards some very obvious improvements to their performance. There may be huge elephants in the team room which have somehow become camouflaged. Team Leadership Development

2016 116

The Prisoners Dilemma, Trust, Cooperation and Effective Teams

The Bumble Bee

Team Leadership DevelopmentImage Source: Chalkdust Magazine. I have been reading Lord Sacks daily thoughts "Celebrating Life" and was impressed by his piece on "The Prisoners Dilemma" which I have written about previously and in my new book.

2017 116

Free questionnaire and software to analyse team's beliefs versus HPTs

The Bumble Bee

I have written quite a lot about the importance of a team's beliefs on their performance and have published some modest research into the beliefs which differentiate 'high performing' teams from other teams. TEAM MEMBER BELIEFS QUESTIONNAIRE (Concise Version).

The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it

The Bumble Bee

By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working 'evolves' and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams.

2016 164

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 Teamsthe HBR article that we wrote with Ann Majchrzak and Arvind Molhatra, has been chosen as one of HBR's 10 Must.

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Digital Habitats for project teams

Digital Habitats

Kathy Milhauser mentioned that she assigned Digital Habitats to students in a course on globally distributed project teams. That got me thinking about the difference between a project team and a community as far as their digital habitat is concerned. Project teams.

A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs)

The Bumble Bee

I am pleased to release a new white paper " A Leaders Guide to creating High Performing Teams (HPTs) ". A unique aspect of the framework is that it integrates both individual team member change management work and whole team process development work. Team Leadership Development

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Yammer: Better for Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Office Team announced another round of improvements to Yammer. The changes are part of an ongoing effort to make Yammer better for teams – those focused on projects and initiatives – as opposed to more loosely defined groups or communities of interest / practice. In my book Collaboration Roadmap I talk about collaboration auto-discovery capabilities for both teams and groups; this is the latest iteration of Microsoft’s work within the context of Yammer.

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. Build the Team.

Managing virtual teams

Joitske Hulsebosch

During the literature review one of the best articles we found is the article called Managing Virtual teams by Lisa Kimball. I think this an important observation, virtual teams require us to rethink the group dynamics of teams as we know them. Tags: virtual teams

Digital Habitats for project teams

Learning Alliances

Kathy Milhauser mentioned that she assigned Digital Habitats to students in a course on globally distributed project teams. That got me thinking about the difference between a project team and a community as far as their digital habitat is concerned. Project teams.

Top teams understand the 4 different types of Teamwork in Nature

The Bumble Bee

An effective team knows how and when to use each type - an ineffective team only uses one! For some a team is a group of people with a shared purpose. For others a team must also have a deadline. For others a team must also embody some degree of co-operative working.

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Fully Distributed Team + Face-to-Face Communication

Michael Sampson - Currents

Andrew shares the thinking and practices of Parse.ly’s fully distributed team , looking at the history underlying his way of managing the firm, the role of face-to-face communication, and how to work day-to-day in a distributed environment. Here’s the piece about the importance / role / benefits of face-to-face communication: The biggest thing missing from fully distributed teams is true face-to-face communication. that tend to occupy this role in co-located teams.

2016 89

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

Endless Knots

I post this also as a bit of historiana as we wrote the first edition (cover below) of Virtual Teams nearly 20 years ago.   You are one of the first people, who recognized the tendency of virtual team management. 90% people, 10% technology Collaboration Virtual Teams

CAMP: A simple but effective model for building high performing teams

The Bumble Bee

I would like to share with you a very simple model I use for helping teams become more High Performing which addresses 4 key aspects of teams - Communications, Alignment, Meetings and Support ("CAMP"). Team Leadership Development

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On the Priority of Team Work

Michael Sampson - Currents

Nicholas Bate wrote “ the priority of team work is not fun ” (#10 in the list). I wrote to him and asked for clarification: Did you mean “team work is a priority, and it’s hard work to get it right,” or “the priority of team work is not to have fun”? 1 priority of a team is to have fun” I’d argue it’s to get the job done and if that is happening the team will probably have fun as a side benefit.

2016 89

Do People in Virtual Teams Need Face Time?

Michael Sampson - Currents

”), one of the questions from a delegate in the discussion was about virtual teams, and whether face-to-face (in-person) time was necessary. One of the letters I did write though was called V is for Visiting Team Members , which is in the same concept stream as the question above.

2016 116

Nicholas on Team Performance

Michael Sampson - Currents

Why is your team not performing at its best? Nicholas Bate suggests three reasons. Don't focus on the small slice

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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.

Confluence - Team Calendars 1.8

Michael Sampson - Currents

of Team Calendars , with the new ability to integrate Confluence team calendars with Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. This release allows you to consolidate your Team Calendars and your personal calendar. You might be planning a team lunch the week the majority of your team is on leave – viewing your People Calendars alongside your personal schedule keeps you from scheduling a meeting no one can attend in the first place. ". Atlassian released version 1.8

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.

Researching as a team

Jenny Connected

We started in quite serious vein examining our different perspectives on whether we have agreed the research questions, whether we have clear goals, open communication, support each other and so on - we did pretty well on that one although there were some different perspectives, but we did establish that we regard ourselves as a good team. The team is made up of me, Sui Fai John Mak, Matthias Melcher and Roy Williams). This week, the research project has been a lot of fun.

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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.

Leading Virtual Teams - Harvard Business Pocket Mentor

Endless Knots

We served as mentors for Leading Virtual Teams , which meant writing the intro and reading carefully for content, adding bits of material here and there. Readable in an hour or so and excellent for stimulating conversation in a virtual team.

New Report: Distributing Team and Organisational Updates with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I published the first of the advanced scenarios for using Office 365 – Distributing Team and Organisational Updates. I invite you to get your copy today if distributing team and organisational updates is part of your mandate and role.

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Enterprise 2.0: Leading Collaborative Teams

Endless Knots

Each is doing different but related things to make it easier for distant teams to work together. Co-author of six books, she is an expert on virtual teams, networked organizations, and social media. 2009 Green Teams Knowledge management Technology Telecommuting Virtual reality

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Another list for virtual teams

Endless Knots

Good post on virtual team communication here. Tags: 90% people, 10% technology Virtual Teams

"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.

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. They write about teams, networks and communities and hence have taken a much wider focus. Towards the end of our article, we try to illustrate the possible advantages of the ways of working of virtual teams (only in the best teams that is!)

Teams and Nature: New Video

The Bumble Bee

I have collaborated with Jeff Peel and his Business Evidence Thought-Leadership blog to produce a new 4-minute video on Natural Teams - how we can use simple ideas from nature, sports teams and families to radically improve our work teams.

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Team as my tool

Taming the spaces

team as a tool. Last spring we run in Tallinn University an international course ‘eLearning’ in the frames of the IST 6th Framework project iCamp ( [link] ). One of the students’ weekly tasks was to write reflections of their individual and group-work.

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Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams

The Bumble Bee

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina recently published a useful white paper on the topical area of developing skills for virtual teams. What I found most interesting was the section on Virtual Team Challenges. Virtual TeamsIt is available online and in PDF.

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.

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.