Bioteams 101: Introduction to Bioteams Principles

A Bioteam is a team which has a life of its own and requires an alternative model to traditional command and control. The Bioteam concept is introduced in The Bioteaming Manifesto, described in depth in Ken Thompson's book "Bioteams" and discussed daily in The Bioteams Blog.


BIOTEAMS 101

There are 5 Bioteams "Zones". The Zones are listed in the broad sequence they should be addressed (starting with 1, then 2 etc) and each zone is broken down into a number of "Beliefs" or "Rules".

1. Beliefs Zone
2. Leadership Zone
3. Connectivity Zone
4. Execution Zone
5. Organization Zone


Beliefs Zone: Team beliefs about Co-operation, Consequences and Confidence

Belief 1. Clear and Public Accountability
Belief 2. Trusted Competency
Belief 3. Give and Take
Belief 4. Total Transparency
Belief 5. Shared Glory
Belief 6. Meaningful Mission Value
Belief 7. Outcome Optimism


Leadership zone: Treat every team member as a leader

Rule 1: Stop Controlling
Communicate information not orders

Rule 2: Team Intelligence
Mobilize everyone to look for and manage team threats and opportunities

Rule 3: Permission Granted
Achieve accountability through transparency not permission


Connectivity zone. Connect team members, partners and networks synergistically

Rule 4: Always-On
Provide 24*7 instant "in-situ" message hotlines for all team members

Rule 5: Symbiosis
Treat external partners as fully trusted team members

Rule 6. Cluster
Nurture the team's internal and external networks and connections


Execution zone. Experiment, cooperate and learn

Rule 7: Swarm!
Develop consistent autonomous team member behaviors

Rule 8: Tit-for-Tat
Team members must learn effective biological and interpersonal cooperation strategies

Rule 9: Genetic Algorithms
Learn through experimentation, mutation and team review


Organization zone. Establish sustainable self-organization

Rule 10: Self-Organizing Networks
Define the team in terms of "network transformations" - not outputs

Rule 11: Porous Membranes
Develop team boundaries that are open to energy but closed to waste

Rule 12. Emerge
Scale naturally through nature's universal growth and decay cycles


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Three common types of Bioteam: Business networks, Fan Communities and Mobile teams

The Networked Enterprise (TNE) Book
A Networked Enterprise is a Bioteam of independent collaborating businesses


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About Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities and virtual teams and has published two landmark books:

Bioteams: High Performance Teams Based on Nature's Best Designs

The Networked Enterprise: Competing for the future through Virtual Enterprise Networks

Ken writes the highly popular bioteams blog which has over 500 articles on all aspects of bioteams (aka organizational biomimicry) - in other words how human groups can learn from nature's best teams.

Ken is also founder of an exciting European technology company Swarmteams which provides unique patent-pending bioteaming technologies for all shapes and sizes of groups, social networks, business clusters, virtual/mobile communities and enterprises. Swarmteams enables groups to be more responsive and agile by fully integrating their mobile phones and the web with bioteam working techniques.

The latest Swarmteams implementation is SwarmTribes which helps social object owners (e.g. musicians/bands, sports teams, film-makers) and good cause sponsors (e.g. Volunteering, Environmental, Public Health) to form unique collaborations with their fans/supporters for mutual benefit.


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Collaborative thinking: four key roles
In his unique book Dialogue and the art of thinking together William Issacs introduces the Four-Player System originally developed by David Kantor. This is a very important technique for supporting real collaborative thinking in teams.


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