Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Zen and the Art of Organizational Networks

We dug deep into the barrel and came up with another interesting presentation on teams to share with you.

This one takes a light-hearted look at the common problems of teams as networks.  And it offers some ideas for how to tackle them.

As you read, think a bit on the bifurcation between the mechanics of organizing teams vs. the more empathic soft skills.  Could be that while team life is organic, good team organization is not?

You can often see degrees affinity for one or the other in the tools team leaders prefer. Some like the social networks free for all side of things, other prefer highly structured tools like Microsoft Project or Salesforce.

I’m a big fan of both organizational structure and social collaboration. My own feeling is that the two work best together.

To paraphrase Steve Jobs, they keep each others negative tendencies in check. Or as a startup CEO once said to me, “Structure in collaboration is important. Unstructured collaboration is simply counterproductive”.

Take a look and let me know what you think. And if you like what you see, take a look at MetaTeam.

Also, if you like these slides, we put a page on where you can find links to all of the MetaTeam presentations we have made public.

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