August 2005


The virtual road warrior hardware checklist

Staying connnected whilst on the road - part 1

I came across this article by Dan Gillmor in the Financial Times, A road warriors essential travel kit.


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The seven beliefs of high performing teams

The seven beliefs of high performing teams

Beliefs are the fuel which can really energise bioteams

There is one, often neglected area, which a team needs to address as part of a bioteaming strategy if it wants to be exceptionally successful - team member beliefs.


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Self organizing virtual community case study

Major Oil Company exploits self-organizing virtual communities

Thanks to Brian Cleland for drawing my attention to an article in the Wall Street Journal by David Wessel entitled Motivating Workers By Giving Them a Vote.


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Laziness, lies and organizational teams

I spotted two seemingly trivial comments in the UK Daily Telegraph which when put together indicate the difficulties organizational teams face these days. Staff resent dead wood colleagues reports the results of a YouGov poll of 2,500 employees that 8 out of 10 staff are unhappy about “dead wood” colleagues in their organisations who do not pull their weight but yet nothing is done about them. One CV in four is a work of fiction reports that according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development one in four jobseekers tell, not just one but, three lies on their CVs.


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A new bioteams manifesto?

Its now six months since Robin Good and I published our first bioteams manifesto.A lot has happened since then and we feel it may now be a good time to publish a new version of the manifesto and to circulate the bioteaming ideas to a wider audience using changethis as a medium. If you agree then we would appreciate it if you would let us know by visiting the bioteaming manifesto feedback page on changethis and registering your vote by clicking 'yes write this manifesto'. We would also value any other comments you might have on bioteaming.

Many Thanks
Ken Thompson


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The coming shape of organizations and teams

The coming shape of organizations and teams

Belbin sees Bioteams as the next step. Dr R Meredith Belbin, regarded as the father of "team-role" theory and one of the worlds foremost experts on teams predicts that we will evolve into bioteam forms. In his book "The Coming Shape of Organisation" Belbin picks out five observations human teams need to learn from "a diminutive masterclass" of social insects such as bees, ants and termites.


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Success secrets of Open Source project teams

Open Source Software (OSS) Development Projects use bioteaming

I attach a 2-page article by Brian Teeman, Roles and responsibilites of users and community members in an open source project.


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Social Propagation is the secret to organizational and team learning

Social Propagation is the secret to organizational and team learning

and the most evolved non-human species on the planet is not who you think it is! Arie de Geus is credited by many as the inventor of the concept of "the learning organisation". In his book "The Living Company" Arie describes an interview with Professor Alan Wilson, distinguished zoologist and botanist.


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Report on challenges and opportunities in virtual teams

In an report, Using Far-Flung Virtual Teams for Managing Knowledge in Global Companies, based on research sponsored by the Society for Information Management, the author has examined 54 far-flung teams in 31 different companies, including Intel, Textronic and Royal Dutch Shell. By Arvind Malhotra


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Common values power open source networks

Open Source Software (OSS) Networks gel around common values and beliefs according to new research report.


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