Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual
As a festive treat I am making available, totally free to Bioteams readers, my Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual (155 pages) which I have used on a number of occasions as a comprehensive full-day workshop on this very important topic.
Ken Thompson's Virtual Teams and Communities Training Manual as a Google Docs Presentation
TRAINING MANUAL CONTENTS
- The Business Rationale and Context for Virtual Teams
- Evolution of an effective virtual team
- The Key Elements of Virtual Collaboration
- How to engage a new Virtual Community or Team
- Roles & Levels of Team/Community Membership
- The Role of Technology in Teams
- The need for Change Management in Teams
- "Focusing" a virtual team
- Managing conflicting business cultures in teams/communities
- Virtual Team Working Practices
- Collaborative Document Development
- Tools for Virtual Teams
- Brainstorming in Virtual Teams
- Reference Material
- Virtual Technology Case Studies
You may use any or all of it freely as long as you credit it appropriately. If you just use individual sections you must also credit any external source material referenced.
About Ken Thompson
Ken Thompson is an expert practitioner in the area of bioteaming, swarming, virtual enterprise networks, virtual professional communities, virtual teams and management simulation 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.
Bioteams Books Reviews
In a just published book Work Goes Mobile by Michael Lattanzi, Antti Korhonen and Vishy Gopalakrishnan, authors of Nokia’s mobility master plan, propose a very useful application profiling scheme to establish the degree to which a business could exploit mobile technologies in their broadest sense. This approach would also be very useful for establishing the support requirements for virtually networked teams.