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.

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.

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. 

Benefit of Virtual Teams - the BP Experience (from mid-1990s)

Michael Sampson - Currents

In Knowing the Drill: Virtual Teamwork at BP , Don Cohen looks at the benefits that accrued to BP from virtual teaming approaches and technology in the 1990s. Deliberate coaching was used to get the benefits of virtual teaming. The team spent 50% of their project budget on coaching. - The members of what was called the Virtual Petrotechnical Team were given VT equipment and essentially left alone to find uses for it.

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?

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.

How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

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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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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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seamless teamwork

Engineers without Fears

A couple of weeks ago, I got a copy of Michael Sampson's Seamless Teamwork. A longer review may appear elsewhere but for now, let me say it's pretty nifty and I've already recommended it to some people who are using Sharepoint for team collaboration. If you're new to managing virtual teams but not using Sharepoint then it's still worth a look. brainstorming, vision setting, team building) to Sharepoint functionality is impressive. sharepoint seamless teamwork

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.

Two Reviews of Seamless Teamwork to Kick Off 2009!

Michael Sampson - Currents

A couple of people have posted new reviews of Seamless Teamwork to kick off the new year. Writing on the Seamless Teamwork page on Amazon.com , Sean Earp writes: " This book is everything that I hoped SharePoint for Project Management: How to Create a Project Management Information System (PMIS) with SharePoint would be. This is a fantastic book for project-leads who have struggled with motivating their team and creating a clearly defined path to successful seamless teamwork. ".

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?

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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Preventing Poor Performance in Teams

Leading Virtually

According to Harvard’s Richard Hackman, a leading expert on teams, there is a widespread belief that teams make us more productive and creative and that they are the best way to get a job done. In a May 2009 Harvard Business Review interview , Professor Hackman cautions us that problems with coordination, motivation, and competition, often cause a team to perform worse than expected. Here are some of his ideas for improving team performance.

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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.

Lessons in Leadership and Other Interesting Items

Leading Virtually

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The Under-Estimated Importance of Friendships

Leading Virtually

We have said often and heard from others that maintaining positive social communication and relationships and creating opportunities for socialization are important for effective and satisfying work in virtual teams (e.g. see New Year Resolution: Be Happy ; Spread Your Virtual Smile, Really ). Tags: Teamwork Research communication conflict relationships satisfaction social relationships virtual team virtual teams

Understanding the Benefits and Uses of Virtual Worlds

Leading Virtually

Surinder and I are currently attending the Mardi Gras conference on virtual worlds in Baton Rouge along with our colleague Rui Huang. We are here to present our paper that I discussed in last week’s post and also to hear the exciting work that others are pursuing in and around virtual worlds. One presentation by Tony O’Driscoll of Duke University echoed some of the ideas we discussed in an early post, Time to Think Differently About Virtual Worlds.

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. While that business model is interesting, and many details of its sustainability are still in question, the interesting side to the Leading Virtually team is what this means for work teams and leaders.

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Jill Nemiro on creativity in virtual teams.and a lot more

Endless Knots

Jill Nemiro, PhD, book author, former actor, and film and video editor, is an expert in virtual teams. It must be close to ten years since I first heard from Jill as she was working on her PhD in an original field: Creativity in Virtual Teams. When Jill got started, she was among a small number of people doing research on virtual work and, among those, she struck me as unusually collaborative and generous.

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. Wake up the team by raising your expectations of them. Spend 70-80% of time with team members that are NOT co-located. Assess team and leader skills, and design training to close gaps.

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The team with one member

The Bumble Bee

I am the team! Crowd intelligence does not work for most other forms of co-operative work - just putting a group of footballers on a pitch will not make them a good team. The Myth that teamwork is more productive than individual work.

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News Updates (July 29, 2009)

Michael Sampson - Currents

Virtual Team Technology. Phil proposes the "information - communication - collaboration" workflow analysis approach for determining which tools to use to support virtual teams. " Government 2.0. Embracing Web 2.0 technologies in the public service requires a culture shift.

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Missing links

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Subscribe (Full Service) Register (Limited Service, Free ) Login Search: The ACM Digital Library The Guide Feedback Missing links : building critical social ties for global collaborative teamwork Full text Digital Edition , Html (25 KB), Pdf (2.92 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.

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

Michael Sampson - Currents

Distributed business / virtual teams. when things are forming (which is exactly what I show in Seamless Teamwork ). - 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.

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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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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Defining the “Social Team” « The Complete Innovator

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Work With Me Defining the “Social Team” 9 02 2010 If you’ve been following me online on Twitter or elsewhere, you’ve probably heard me mention the concept of “Social Teams” more than a few times recently. But we don’t compete as a community, we compete as individual teams.

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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.

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Effective Collaboration: Chaos in Collaboration (Part 1 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 « Notes from Chris Rogers on Robotics for Everyone, March 12 | Main | Whats the Greater Pain? Surely the reason that we put people together on a team is that they have such a huge challenge facing them, and that one person cant do the whole thing alone.

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Effective Collaboration: Briefing Notes and Thoughts on GroupSwim: Community Collaboration

John Tropea - Delicious Community

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 11, 2008) | Main | Getting Work Done With Others: To Increase Acceptance (Part 5 of 5) » Briefing Notes and Thoughts on GroupSwim: Community Collaboration GroupSwim is a provider of a hosted software solution for creating intelligent communities.