Final post about the collaboration project
My impression of working in a virtual team has been a good one.
According to a piece originally published the The Wall Street Journal: CIO Journal on October 24, 2013 by Mary Hamilton, Alex Kass and Allan E. Alter:
“Collaboration technology is like the Olympic competitor with a slew of silver medals: a high achiever that has yet to achieve its highest aspirations”.
So as technology improves, benefits from these tools increases as well.
The most valuable things I learnt from doing this project
Lots of asynchronous communication which I expected because of time zones but I was prepared for at least one real time/synchronous communication which didn’t happen. I liked the flexibility asynchronous communication afforded me but I like immediacy more closely aligned with a face-to-face.
Another thing I learnt is that most important collaboration was in the idea generating phase, not so much in the solution phase.
New skills I developed during the course of the project.
I have learnt how to adjust to indirect interpersonal interaction. There are some awkwardness involved which I had to adjust to.
I learnt to give & receive constructive feedback without feeling bad about it.
Leadership structure in my team and an evaluation of how effective the team leadership was
Michael took the leadership role and I facilitated discussion. The interesting aspect is we didn’t assign the roles, it came about naturally and it worked. Organizational leadership became self-managing, and thus more adaptive and agile to circumstances.
Things I would do differently in future projects
Definitely find time for at least one synchronous or face-to-face communication.