Team Rooms must support social and task factors

Independent people have skills and experience they bring to a job-position with one or more roles

Interdependent positions have relationships played as roles in structures and processes within and between teams

People Factors


Task Factors

A virtual teams methodology and its associated training must include deep attention to people factors.  “It’s all about the people” is as true of the new distributed way of working in virtual as it has always been with physical places. Historically, three key factors of team formation and persistence have been associated with a shared place:


A virtual teams methodology includes formal and informal ways to collect, or create, key information regarding the who, what, why, and when for a team. Digital virtual team rooms are essential and the methodology should help shape basic common team room architecture

Shared identity
“Shared but secret information” separates members (“us”) from others (“them”)
Socialize into team culture
New people become members of a group through “controlled access to group information”
Social order
According to tradition, authority  is highly dependent on access to exclusive places that houses special knowledge



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