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.

Case study: Using project management for effective crowdsourcing

Trends in the Living Networks

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].

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. Nick Milton has a similar explanatory framework [I've used some of his terms in my revised graphic above], and notes the increase in virtual teams as well: The fourth level [project teams] is where the business needs actively to work with people from elsewhere as part of a short lived co-located team, or a longer lived virtual team.

Will offices still exist in the future?

Trends in the Living Networks

While an immense amount can be achieved in virtual teams, the reality is that extended physical proximity is an enormous enabler of mutual experience and trust, which in turn supports collaboration, innovation, and high-performance teams. I’m currently doing a five-city speaking tour for Canon, speaking about the future of workspace.

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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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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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. 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. Tweet I see three major principles for working smarter in networked organizations : Transparency. Narration of Work. Distribution of Power.

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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?

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. I’m very proud of having been part of the teams that led IBM’s Internet strategy in the mid-late 1990s and its Linux strategy in the early 2000s. Leaders of the new initiative should reach out to and include key colleagues across the company as part of their virtual team.

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. I live within a system of engagement, where I can share what I’m learning and experiencing, answer questions where I can, and generally tend to a broad virtual team where expertise comes to the question.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Luis Suarez

Let’s have a look with some examples: Priceless quotes like “ Project teams at work are beginning to resemble movie production teams “, or “ Although home is still the most common location, millions of virtual team members work from just about anywhere “, or “ Employers will have access to a larger and more skilled workforce “, or even “ Individuals will have more freedom and power than ever before ” (One of my favourite quotes, by the way!),

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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

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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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? ’ .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]. If you want extract value from your social media strategy, you need to use measurement. That means setting measurable goals, collecting the right data, making sense of it, and transforming it into actionable decisions. Sense-making is an essential workplace skill along with several others.

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. Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings.

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. While the tips are geared for personal productivity, I decided to apply the framework to team collaboration. It is important for your team to have the right amount of structure in their workflow.

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