June 18, 2007

News & Opinion: Building a virtual team

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 6:46 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The WSJ published their Journal Report this weekend. The topic: Business Insights. Inside are book recommendations and articles on outsourcing, change, growth, strategic execution officers (SEOs), and something we're currently working on -- virtual teams -- 10 rules for making them work. The first rule being:

Rule #1: Invest in an online resource where members can learn quickly about one another.

Lynda Gratton profiled David Oglivy's investment in Truffles (not the edible type); it's an internal place where employees can exchange project information and collaborate. The name shows an appreciation for fine ideas (what the Oglivy represents); it comes from Oglivy's belief:
...that people should search for knowledge with as much energy and enthusiasm as a pig searches for truffles in the oak forests of France.

The tools we use are about conversation. They're from the folks over at 37signals. There's basecamp: a storage and exchange area; campfire: our daily chatting place, sadly no s'mores yet; highrise: a CRM database; and backpack: everything that'd be stored in a backpack, calendars, notes, to-dos, etc.
I'm curious. What are you using for your virtual teams?

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.