The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Luis Suarez

A few days back, over at GigaOm ‘s WebWorkerDaily , Aliza Sherman shared a very interesting piece under a rather suggestive title: “ 5 Reasons Why Virtual Teams Fail “, where she pretty much nailed it on some of the various different issues that virtual teams face on a regular basis when confronted with that good old concept of collaborating effectively in a now more than ever distributed world.

Launch Day of Communities and Networks Connection

Nancy White

I can’t learn and improve without the things I learn from my network and beyond. This requires some sort of “line of sight&# to that network. With that, I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Community & Networks Connection. This isn’t a community, and not as loose and open as a network. So you can see that Virtual Community , Tags , RSS , Facebook , Twitter and other such terms all relate heavily to the concept of social media.

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Communities and Networks Connection

Tony Karrer

Today I get to announcement that I've been working with Nancy White to launch the: Communities and Networks Connection For those of you who don't know Nancy. Some thoughts from her post: This isn’t a community, and not as loose and open as a network. There is quite a network that is participating in the launch - from people who are close friends and trusted colleagues, to interesting people I try and follow. For example: Ken Thompson is laser focused on virtual teams.

changing structures

Harold Jarche

Networked structure —. Teams as the unit of work —. Self-governed teams —. Deployment of virtual teams —. “For the first time since the industrial revolution, organizations are changing at a fundamental level. The change is very much a work in progress in most organizations.

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Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

Part of the answer is in supporting communities of practice as a bridge between external networks and those doing the work. Project Teams do complex work (if it’s not complex, it will be outsourced & automated ) which requires strong interpersonal ties. At the far end are external networks, where we get ideas and opinions, in a more chaotic, unstructured and random way. Social learning is what flows on these networks.

Narration of Work

Harold Jarche

Tweet I see three major principles for working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Hans de Zwart discusses a narrating-your-work experiment that had a 17 member team use Yammer to share daily experiences with colleagues. The formal documentation and stream of private emails that is the current output of most knowledge workers in virtual teams is not going to cut it going forward.

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The Guru Problem

Martijn Linssen

Gilmour’s team also patented the magic that made the whole thing palatable to the gurus, who, after all, have little reason to celebrate tools that offer them nothing but an increase in the number of questions they receive daily. Where we use multi-functional collaboration software, follow status updates and blogs from people in our self-selected network of colleagues, etc. Within two minutes, literally, a network colleague posted the link for me.

Work Stream #1 – Learning Is the Work

Luis Suarez

Over the course of the last 20 years I have been acquiring a number of different skills and experiences in the corporate world around Customer Support, Knowledge Management, (Remote) Collaboration and Virtual Teams, Learning, Online Communities ( and Community Building ), Change Management and Social Networking for Business (i.e. A customer may have purchased a particular Enterprise Social Networking platform (i.e.

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

My primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. In other words - How do we collaborate together in remote work teams to be as effective or even more effective than a team that works down the hall? I cannot claim to be an expert, and I feel like this topic demands a lot of soft skills such as communication skills, team skills, handling cultural and work style issues, etc.

The Future of High-Performance Work Systems – Towards Meaningful Work

Luis Suarez

Well, I am not sure what you would think about, whether we have shifted gears and moved one step further, perhaps two, from where we were in 2009, but I strongly believe that we surely have made some giant leaps into embracing, and adopting social networking tools as one of the most powerful methods to help redefine how work gets done nowadays. And when talking about competitiveness we should probably not forget about high performing teams either.

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Virtual Meeting Check-Ins & Icebreakers During A Pandemic

Beth Kanter

My first remote job was to work with a virtual team to manage an online network for artists, called Artswire. Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings. As nonprofits are impacted by the CoronaVirus and need more virtual meeting skills, I’d like to share what I have learned. This post is #2 in a series I’ll be publishing on virtual meeting facilitation.

Notes from 2005

Harold Jarche

This is a continuation of my notes from 2004 … I see that 2005 was the year I started digging deeper into PKM/Networked Learning. Social media & the McLuhans’ Laws of Media : In looking at the newer social networking technologies [for learning] we could say that they: extend the learner’s voice; obsolesce the course as the unit of education. On running a virtual team : Stick to small groups, and.

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What is YOUR history of online facilitation?

Nancy White

Online, that meant among others, Peter and Trudy Johnson Lenz , Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps (for their virtual team pioneering work), Lisa Kimball and the folks at Metanet , Liz Rykert , Howard Rheingold and all of the hosts and facilitators at Electric Minds (old and newer), The Well and the myriad of other communities I have belonged to. In just over a week I’ll be in Ft. Worth, Texas, opening Monday’s session of the Elearning 2010 Conference.

Work Stream #4 – Speaking at Client Events

Luis Suarez

In fact, if there would be a need to justify the business case of social networking tools behind the firewall (Yes, in 2016 we still seem to have to do plenty of that!), Connected Leadership ‘ What are the new traits, capabilities and qualities of leadership in this Social Era of social networks and social networking tools? How can we tame the email beast and free ourselves from its yoke and into social networking tools?

Collaboration and the Future of Talent Retreat

Kevin Wheeler

Virtual teams and teamwork are the subject of many corporate meetings and events. Participants from companies spanning the globe will come together for almost three days of learning and networking. They are experimenting with outsourcing, leasing employees, hiring contract workers, using more consultants and with breaking work into projects that interdependent teams work on. Outcomes are being co-produced and credit shared across countries and teams.

The Smarter Planet University Jam

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM’s virtual worlds initiative was one of the recommendations coming out of the Jam. So were a number of projects, including intelligent utility networks, integrated transportation systems, smart healthcare payments, and Big Green innovations that helped form the core of IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative launched in November of 2008. Companies also want individuals who are comfortable working in project-based teams. For several years now, IBM has used a Web 2.0

Getting Insight from Facebook Insight Requires Sense Making Skills

Beth Kanter

Virtual collaboration: ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team. I know that in order to generate good ideas from network, I need to feed and tune it. By feeding, I’m talking about posting engaging and useful content that resonates. So, that’s my track content against two metrics on in the new FB Insights: Reach and Virality. [link].

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

A network may look to create many weak connections and amplify the flow of ideas and information, but have very little interest in being a community or group.) Find people and create connections (social networking)? 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

A network may look to create many weak connections and amplify the flow of ideas and information, but have very little interest in being a community or group.) Find people and create connections (social networking)? 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

A network may look to create many weak connections and amplify the flow of ideas and information, but have very little interest in being a community or group.) Find people and create connections (social networking)? 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.

How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings

Beth Kanter

The list of conferences cancelled is growing, with some now being delivered a virtual gatherings. It’s time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. My first remote job was to work with a virtual team to manage an online network for artists, called Artswire.

2009 Predictions How Did I Do?

Tony Karrer

In fact, I’ll be doing a virtual presentation around it as well. There will also be growth in discussions and social networks for collaborative learning. So, I think the first part about growth of wikis, discussions, social networks for collaborative learning is right on the mark. Price points for virtual classroom training will begin to be virtually the same as for the same in-person classes. Did I mention the move towards virtual classroom?)

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: ABC and the Future of Media

John Hagel

Rebundling is where value capture will happen - at communities, reconstructors, markets, networks - that direct peoples attention to individualized casts. Few people go to a movie because of the studio that produced it, watch a TV show because of the network that broadcast it, buy a CD because of the music company that produced it or read a book because of the publisher that issued it. I was also an architect of the original Open Text Virtual Teams portal.

Go straight to the finish line

Jay Cross

Lots of training directors have yet to grasp the concepts of learning through collaboration, the power of social networks, and less is more. The virtual classroom and blended learning were also less prevalent in reported practice than anticipated. You want to make them feel part of your virtual team if at all possible.

Online Community Purpose Checklist | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

A network may look to create many weak connections and amplify the flow of ideas and information, but have very little interest in being a community or group.) Find people and create connections (social networking)? 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.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth Kanter

As nonprofits become networked and different departments work across silos, we need to connect with more people than ever. Having too many platforms and tools for collaboration can confuse and annoy your team and partners. More and more we are beginning to recognize the risk of communications overload, and organizations are trying to simplify the workflows for teams. While the tips are geared for personal productivity, I decided to apply the framework to team collaboration.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Hamel on Management Innovation

John Hagel

Virtually all of the examples he cites of management innovation are confined to innovation in management processes within the enterprise. In some cases, like certain entrepreneurial companies in China, it is built upon a breakthrough management innovation – global process network management. I was also an architect of the original Open Text Virtual Teams portal. " and he propogated a similar concept of business service network.