The Virtual Team Challenge

Jane Hart

The Virtual Team Challenge is an entirely FREE online, multiplayer business simulation that takes place in the animated 3D world of New City: Spill! The team objective in the simulation is to help the mayor stage the most efficient oil spill recovery effort.

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Luis Suarez

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.

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changing structures

Harold Jarche

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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Chief Learning Officer Job Description: Change Needed

Dan Pontefract

Of course I’m completely biased and believe it should be the newly titled CCLO because it is this individual (and corresponding virtual team) that should have the following traits: Deep partnership with IT/CIO office. Learnerprise is the combination of Enterprise 2.0 and Learning 2.0

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Interested in Informal Learning? Join us at LearnTec 2009

Nancy White

Tomorrow I’ll be the guest of Heike Philip (in Germany) along with Jay Cross and Ken Thompson for an online roundtable on virtual learning, informal learning and virtual teams. 4:30pm Virtual Collaboration Moderation Heike Philp.

Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

Project Teams do complex work (if it’s not complex, it will be outsourced & automated ) which requires strong interpersonal ties. Social networks are the enabling technologies that can connect external networks, communities of practice and project teams.

Case study: Using project management for effective crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

Case study: How Nick McMenemy runs virtual teams. Nick McMenemy is a serial entrepreneur who is now working on his third company, Virdium, which provides a cloud-hosted virtual desktop service. By using this virtual team I can be like a multi-national 24/7.” [This post first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website].

Knowledge workers of the world, Collaborate. You have nothing to lose but your Managers!

Harold Jarche

— “ Virtual teams really are different : 6 lessons for creating successful ones&# via @C4LPT. 2: No trust, no team. 6: Virtual team leadership matters. Tweet Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week: This tweet of mine has become rather popular in less than a day: Knowledge workers of the world, Collaborate! You have nothing to lose but your Managers! &

Narration of Work

Harold Jarche

Hans de Zwart discusses a narrating-your-work experiment that had a 17 member team use Yammer to share daily experiences with colleagues. Tweet I see three major principles for working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Narration of Work. Distribution of Power.

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The Ability to Lead Remote Employees Will Become the Next 2.0 Skill

Dan Pontefract

IMPACT: formal teams continue to shrink at ‘headquarters’ but virtual teams continue to grow between outsourced work to contractors, service firms, etc. IMPACT: More and more employees have the option to, or are encouraged to work from home thus separating the physical team and creating a virtual team. Ask yourself these questions: Do you set up time in your calendar to randomly phone, email or instant message team members?

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The Digital Transformation of the Customer Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Consumers have more choices than ever in virtually every category of products and services as well as in the channels used to acquire them. THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION TEAM. In its early days, the company-wide transformation team is typically a small virtual team with few resources.

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Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Often, the management team does not assign a senior enough executive with the proper skills to nurture an emergent business opportunity with small near-term revenues and a promising but unpredictable future. In early August I participated in a strategic planning meeting in the Boston area.

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.

Monday Video: The circle of trust

Nancy White

Leidner and their fabulous paper on Communication and Trust in Global Virtual Teams. Via Liz Lawley I found Ponzi Pirillo’s video of a little trust exercise done at the Microsoft Social Computing gathering last fall. Trust has come up in conversation a lot lately.

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The Org Structure of Enterprise 2.0

Dan Pontefract

Naively, it donned on me recently that the members come from everywhere in the organization; IT, Learning, HR, Consulting, Customer-Facing and even Social Media specific teams. core team is established (embodying the spirit of E2.0 core team as the delivery agent of E2.0

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?

Work Stream #1 – Learning Is the Work

Luis Suarez

Ever since I went independent, nearly three years ago, there have been a few people who keep asking me, on a more or less frequent basis, why haven’t I put together a regular Web site where I could list and offer my services as an adviser on Social Business and Digital Transformation, so that everyone would have a pretty good idea as to what I am up to and see how I may be able to help other people. Time and time again my answer has always been the same, at least, so far: ‘ No, thanks! I don’t need it at this point in time ’. I guess the growing amount of surprised faces I keep seeing to such reply is triggering, most probably, the urge to put together this blog post explaining a little bit the main reason as to why I haven’t gotten one so far: it depends! Indeed, it depends on what you want . 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. Social Computing, Social Business, Digital Transformation, or whatever other monikers you may want to use), which means that depending on what kind of business problem(s) you would want to tackle, or depending on the business opportunities or potential new markets you would want to create, I may be able to help one way of another. Like I said, it just depends. Perhaps I could describe that ‘ it just depends ’ with a description of the kind of work I have been doing in the last couple of years to help everyone understand a little bit more what it is that I do for work and get an idea of the kind of services I could potentially offer that people may find useful. . At this point in time there are a number of different work streams I get to execute on as part of my daily work routines, and since there may well be quite a few, based on the skills and experiences I have been accumulating over time in the different various fields I mentioned above, I have decided to split them up in multiple blog posts where I can expand on each and everyone of them further along to add some additional insights and perspectives, so I’ll start this series of blog posts with what’s perhaps, right now, my number #1 work stream at the moment: client work. . Over the last three years I have been working with clients from both the private and public sectors, and from multiple industries as well, both nationwide as well as internationally. Some of those clients have been small, medium businesses up to 1,000 employees and some other clients from major big corporations with over 40 or 50 thousand employees (or above, up to 100k). And, typically, after an initial round of conversations, I would work with clients based on two distinctively different contexts: A customer may have recently purchased a particular Enterprise Social Networking platform (i.e. an ESN, whatever that may well be) and may need some initial advice about how to get started with their own Social Business and Digital Transformation adaptation plans. So I’d get together with the client in an initial round of meetings and discuss the 5 step framework I have developed over the years around Social Business Adaptation Techniques, to get the conversations going, which covers the following areas: business imperative(s), governance model(s), use cases, networks and communities of champions / ambassadors and, finally, enablement. And begin work with them in executing such initial framework as we move further along, if the client agrees, of course. The most important aspect of those initial meetings is for me to state very clearly how I may be able to help out, based on what the client wants and needs, and over what time frame and what fees would be incurred, accordingly, but also to clearly showcase the kind of transformation work that lies ahead for them to work on together with me by insisting on using the co-creation approach towards adapting that framework I mentioned above to their own doing around adaptation. That basically means, not much talk, but tons of action, that is, real work from both of us. . A customer may have purchased a particular Enterprise Social Networking platform (i.e. an ESN, whatever may well be) and after a certain period of time (usually between 6 to 18 months, if not longer) of excitement with tons of exhilarating, frantic activities around their change and transformation initiatives, their adaptation rates plateau to the point where there is very little progress further along. This usually happens when second, third or fourth waves of knowledge workers don’t follow the initial rage from the so-called early adopters group. Or when a number of different barriers, obstacles, inhibitors and what not, come along and are just plain tough to overcome them successfully on your own, specially, if you haven’t been exposed to them in the past and don’t know for certain what you are up against. Typically, one of those major obstacles is direct management and senior leaders / executives (I’ll explain further in detail on an upcoming blog post what I mean in this regard). In this particular scenario I’d first spend some time trying to figure out what’s been happening all along since they purchased that specific ESN, why is there such a sudden stop to those change and transformation initiatives, what are the main obstacles and what are they trying to achieve, and, most importantly, figure out how to fix them accordingly, so that things can move on further along, once again. There is a great chance that in my 16 years of first hand working experiences around social and change initiatives in the corporate world I may have seen quite a few of those barriers and could share how we overcome them together as part of that co-creation process I mentioned above. You see? It depends. It depends on your needs and wants based on what you, my (potential) client, may want to work on, not on what I would want. I know what I want. I have it very clear right from the start: help you become successful at whatever you would would want to achieve and that I may be able to help you out with , either by addressing your business problems or by making the most of new business opportunities creating new markets. And along the way, something else very important to me as well, learn. Learn from you, learn with you, on what it is like becoming a successful Socially Integrated Enterprise. It’s how I work, it’s who I am, it’s what you get, more than anything else because a long time ago I realised the moment I stop learning that’s the moment I stop living a little bit. ‘ Learning is the work ’ , after all. That, in a nutshell, agglutinates the main work stream I have been involved with ever since I went independent. There are a few other related work streams (i.e. KM, Collaboration, Learning, Online Communities and Change Management) I’m currently involved with as well and I’ll definitely be blogging about them over the course of time, along with some other kinds of work I decided to embark on upon becoming a freelancer, but I’ll talk about those at a later time as well. Suffice to say that part of resuming my blogging mojo over here is to eventually blog about all of the things I have learned over the course of those three years, as a freelancer , as well as how it blends with everything else I have done in the past, hoping to share all of those experiences as to why I’m having such a fun time doing what I love doing : helping others become better at what they already do; working smarter, not necessarily harder, with social tools as key enablers. . PS. Psst, you may have noticed how throughout the article I haven’t mentioned anything about the fees I usually work with in this kind of change and transformation work around Social Business with clients and if you’re wondering about what those would be like, well, it depends… on what you would need and what I could offer. [Contact me via Twitter DM at @elsua – got open DMs-, should you have any further questions or queries you would want to discuss in private, or, alternatively, leave a comment below (with your preferred contact method, if you wish) and I’ll reach out to you as soon as I possibly can. Thanks!]. Collaboration Communities elsua Employee Engagement Enterprise2.0 Freelancing Knowledge Management Learning Open Business Open Leadership

Disruptive Innovations and Organizational Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A virtual or matrix organization , is often the most practical way to launch a new venture that does not naturally fit into any of the existing units of the company. For both the Internet and Linux efforts we set up a relatively small virtual organization to coordinate the activities across IBM. Given that the overall objective was for each unit to start embracing the new technologies, the bulk of the actual execution was done in the units, not in the small, virtual organization.

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.

What is YOUR history of online facilitation?

Nancy White

Shifts have happened in online facilitation of communities and networks, for learning, teams, communities of practice, for advocacy and action, for games and play. In just over a week I’ll be in Ft. Worth, Texas, opening Monday’s session of the Elearning 2010 Conference.

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

Luis Suarez

And when talking about competitiveness we should probably not forget about high performing teams either.

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Disruptive Innovations and Organizational Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A virtual or matrix organization , is often the most practical way to launch a new venture that does not naturally fit into any of the existing units of the company. For both the Internet and Linux efforts we set up a relatively small virtual organization to coordinate the activities across IBM. Given that the overall objective was for each unit to start embracing the new technologies, the bulk of the actual execution was done in the units, not in the small, virtual organization.

How do you make talent shine in a world of distributed work?

Ross Dawson

Tom points to three ways in which talent is contextualized: The team: Harvard Business School’s Boris Groysberg has documented the impact of teams on individual performance. We’ve all seen that: the hotshot who turns out to have needed his team more than anyone — especially the hotshot — knew. It turns out that the nub of the issue is teams and teamwork.

Work Stream #4 – Speaking at Client Events

Luis Suarez

Social Collaboration: ‘ Cooperation vs. Collaboration, how can we differentiate between one and the other when we have got (virtual) teams, networks and communities making smarter use of social tools and still make sense out of it all? ’ .

Notes from 2005

Harold Jarche

On running a virtual team : Stick to small groups, and. This is a continuation of my notes from 2004 … I see that 2005 was the year I started digging deeper into PKM/Networked Learning.

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Collaboration and the Future of Talent Retreat

Kevin Wheeler

Virtual teams and teamwork are the subject of many corporate meetings and events. They are experimenting with outsourcing, leasing employees, hiring contract workers, using more consultants and with breaking work into projects that interdependent teams work on. They are put into virtual as well as face-to-face environments and are expected to continue performing at the same or even higher levels.

Launch Day of Communities and Networks Connection

Nancy White

So you can see that Virtual Community , Tags , RSS , Facebook , Twitter and other such terms all relate heavily to the concept of social media. For example: Ken Thompson is laser focused on virtual teams. Connections make the world go round.

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

Beth Kanter

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. Establish Look Ahead Team Rituals .

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CoP Series #9: Community Heartbeats

Nancy White

Virtual team expert Martha Maznevski likens it to the heartbeat of a runner. This is the nineth in a series of blog posts I wrote for Darren Sidnick late last year in the context of communities of practice as part of online learning initiatives.

The Smarter Planet University Jam

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

IBM’s virtual worlds initiative was one of the recommendations coming out of the Jam. Given that the marketplace is increasingly based on services, human interactions and global virtual teams, universities need to do a much better job in providing the kind of inter-disciplinary education that is needed to create T-shaped graduates, - that is, people who have deep knowledge in one discipline and broader knowledge in others. For several years now, IBM has used a Web 2.0

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.

Go straight to the finish line

Jay Cross

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.

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. [link].

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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.

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

John Hagel

I was also an architect of the original Open Text Virtual Teams portal. Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery?

2009 Predictions How Did I Do?

Tony Karrer

In fact, I’ll be doing a virtual presentation around it as well. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training.

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.

Communities and Networks Connection

Tony Karrer

For example: Ken Thompson is laser focused on virtual teams. Jessica Lipnack is a network networker, often hovering towards the center of virtual work and teams. This is a great week for content communities.

Innovation Teams 2.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In talking to people at Citigroup, - where I am now working part time as strategic advisor for innovation and technology, - I learned about a program called Team Challenge. It brought together a number of Citi's most promising young leaders to spend some time working in teams on the toughest problems facing the company. As it turned out, the ideas underlying Citigroup's Team Challenge lived on. I think that we can address these valid concerns in a kind of Team Challenge 2.0.

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. I was also an architect of the original Open Text Virtual Teams portal.