When two robots arrive at a doorway, who should go first?

Robots are terribly polite these days. When two vehicles developed by a Canadian robotics firm arrive at a narrow door at the same time, they have a friendly way to decide who should pass through first……

One of the key traits of a bioteam is that it is 'self-managed' - i.e. no single overall 'command and control' structure.

This can be wrongly interpreted as all decisions must involve the democratic input of all team members.

Evolution is far too fast-moving and ruthless to allow a team using this approach to pass "survival of the fittest".

Likewise in today's organisation environments

Virtually Networked Teams need "tie-breaker" processes to quickly resolve operational urgencies where the collaborating team members have reached an impasse and are unable to agree quickly.

The robot story in the linked article is a good example of a tie-breaker process.

The robots tie-breaker process, on simultaneously reaching a door with other robots, is to nominate a robot not trying to pass through the door as the 'door arbitrator' This robot applies certain rules to decide the sequencing of how the robots go through the door. Once through the door the prior form of autonomous self-management kicks in again for each robot.

This is still a self-managing team - the team members have organised themselves in this way as peers from the bottom-up.

It is definitely a more sophisticated form of self-managed team than the popular perception.

This, however, is what happens naturally and it is also what must happen in our organisation teams if they are to be successful bioteams.

Robotic leader makes for good teamwork
News @ Nature.com 25 April 2005

Comments (0)| Related (3) |

Print this article


Bioteams Books Reviews

Organisational teams: thin slice for responsiveness

 Organisational teams: thin slice for responsiveness

Humans and animals do not need complete information to act; they can operate on various clues provided there is a sufficient context. Organizational teams can also use this thin slicing technique in conjunction with short messaging to enhance their performance. Malcolm Gladwell’s introspective book Blink digs deep into the abyss of human cognition to illustrate the human ability to think at a subconscious level. The idea of thin slicing is used where one is introduced to only a few snippets of information which lead to a series of conclusions based on moments of rapid cognition – an ability claimed to be intrinsically dormant in most humans. By bioteams guest author Max Bhanabhai.

Buy it now from:

(3) |

continue reading

Click here to check all Bioteams book reviews

Ken's LinkedIn Profile

Follow Ken's Blogs

NASA Widget2_160x40.jpg


Featured Categories

Trending Topics

agility analytics ants autopoiesis bees biomimicry bioteaming bioteams change management collaboration Collaboration collective intelligence community complex systems dashboards digital dashboards ecosystems excel experiential learning flock games high-performing teams HPT innovation leadership learning meetings mobile phones organizational teams penguins pheromones self-managed teams serious games simulators social media Social Networks social networks social software swarm swarm intelligence swarmteams teams teamwork The Networked Enterprise tit for tat VEN videos virtual communities virtual enterprise virtual enterprise networks virtual teams visualization web2.0 wisdom of crowds

Click for more...

Featured Article

Team joining hands

The secret DNA of high-performing virtual teams

Bioteaming – the secret to high-performing, self-organising, virtually networked teams... more

Locations of visitors to this page

Bioteams iphone app
Bioteams android app

Search www.bioteams.com

Bioteams Lite


Latest Full Articles

Bioteams Assessor - Instantly check how good your team is?
BioScore Calculator – Instantly see if you need Bioteams
Discover Bioteams principles Yourself via Action Learning

Bioteams Manifesto

Communities and Networks Connection

Bioteams Ice-Breaker Zone

Only Fools and Horses Video Clip Funny Team Collaboration Video Dilbert Mission Statement Generator Ali G Video Funny Red Dwarf Video  FatherTed  Pixar

News Feed

Sign up for RSS   RSS Feed Subscription
        (What's RSS?)

10 Most popular posts

Recent posts


Download Browsealoud