Workplace Analytics for Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Delve Analytics at an individual level is good; at a team project level it would be fantastic. While Microsoft undoubtedly has its own research to draw on for such analytics, it would be worth reviewing Google’s research on itself on what makes a perfect team.

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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

2017 116

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

Teams, technology and change

Joitske Hulsebosch

Teams can make big steps in working and collaborating online in a smart way. The novelty of the Teamhackathon is: People do not join individually but in teams of - 2-4 persons. They get team coach throughout the day. We organized a teamhackathon.

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Teams, communities and networks: a case of our homeschooling group


As soon as it became clear I had to dig out the work I did on distributed Agile teams and in particularly this picture from my post on teams, communities and networks in terms of communication forms : All this time I thought of our homeschooling group in terms of a community.

2019 116

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.

2018 127

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

How good a team leader are you? Try my Team Leadership Assessment!

The Bumble Bee

As a team leader you have two distinct leadership responsibilities - Managing the Individuals and Managing the Team. Great Team Leaders manage both responsibilities. These aspects are explained in detail in my book ' A Systematic Guide to High Performing Teams '.

2016 136

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.

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.

2018 151

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

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.

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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High Performing Teams Video Course launched by Ken Thompson

The Bumble Bee

High Performing Teams and High Performing Virtual Teams are topics very close to the heart of almost every leader irrespective of the size of their organization. From "Bioteams" we will explore why collective leadership is nearly always better than singly leader teams.

2017 116

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.

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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

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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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.

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

2015 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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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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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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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

2014 148

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

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

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.

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.

Teams, Communities, And Social Networks

Collaborative Thinking

Perhaps one of the most well-intentioned yet misunderstood categorizations I’ve seen made by a variety of sources has been a segmentation model which draws sharp distinctions between “teams”, “communities”, and “social networks” – essentially treating them as separate entities. At first glance, the concept makes sense – depicting a simple escalation from team to community to social networking shows a natural transition in the way people within an enterprise are organized and interact.

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.

Fully Distributed Team + Face-to-Face Communication

Michael Sampson - Currents

Andrew shares the thinking and practices of’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

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

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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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

Build Trust with Team Ground Rules: Funny Video

The Bumble Bee

One of the most important things in any team, network or partnership is to define the rules of engagement (aka Ground Rules). For more details on Ground Rules and other key techniques watch my 10-minute audiocast The 7 secrets of High-Performing Teams. Team Leadership Development

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Atlassian Adds Team Calendars to Confluence

Michael Sampson - Currents

Atlassian announced the addition of team calendars to Confluence , its enterprise wiki software: " Atlassian has introduced Team Calendars, a new add-on to Atlassian Confluence that helps product and project teams stay in sync.

#Atlassian Updates Team Calendars for #Confluence

Michael Sampson - Currents

Atlassian released another update to its Team Calendars application for Confluence , with improved integration in this latest edition with Jira: " Since Team Calendars 1.0, However, you’ve since told us that these are not the only dates that are important to your team.

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

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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Feng Office - Team Collaboration Service

Michael Sampson - Currents

Team collaboration services on the Internet are many and varied - Feng Office is one I haven't heard of previously: My Comments. The team workspace itself offers the standard array of capabilities - notes, email, contacts, documents, tasks, and web links, along with a dashboard overview.

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"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.

Great Team Leaders: Chess or Draughts players?

The Bumble Bee

According to Marcus Buckingham in his book The one thing you need to know mediocre leaders think of each of their team members as draughts pieces (interchangeable) but good leaders think of them as chess pieces (unique). musicians/bands, sports teams, film-makers) and good cause sponsors (e.g.

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