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How do you perform Team Building at your projects ? What tools do you use ?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 19, 2016 8:06 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Bala, but that doesn't really help much as I did not know your personal opinion - What tools and techniques do you use ?



Management games and continuous interaction.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 19, 2016 8:08 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Pravin, what kind of games ?

Continious interaction is good for effective communication and how does that help you build a team if you interact with everyone separately.



Feb 19, 2016 4:05 AM
Replying to Bala S Duvvuri
Thanks Bala, but that doesn't really help much as I did not know your personal opinion - What tools and techniques do you use ?
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1 reply by Bala S Duvvuri
Feb 19, 2016 10:28 AM
Bala S Duvvuri
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Rami,

I mentioned my blog in that link.Hope that helps.

Thanks Bala



Feb 19, 2016 4:10 AM
Replying to Pravin Kumar Shrivastava
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Management games and continuous interaction.
Thanks Pravin, what kind of games ?

Continious interaction is good for effective communication and how does that help you build a team if you interact with everyone separately.



I separate kicking off the project team from starting the project. This entails getting the team together (ideally face-to-face but I'll also do it virtually when necessary) to get to know each other. I use a variety of team building activities as well as spending time to enable the team members to learn about each other on a personal level. We do also discuss the project and our norms and processes for how we will share the work and work together. I have written a number of articles on team building on my blog. Here is one of them: http://www.ginaabudi.com/how-good-are-you-at-building-a-team/.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 19, 2016 5:13 PM
Rami Kaibni
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This is great Gina. Thanks for your valuable input amd link. Your post is excellent.



Feb 19, 2016 8:06 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Bala, but that doesn't really help much as I did not know your personal opinion - What tools and techniques do you use ?
Rami,

I mentioned my blog in that link.Hope that helps.

Thanks Bala



Sometimes I brainstorm w/the team to create a "team values" graphic using wordle. Each member shares a value which is most important to him/her and essential to the project. After discussion, and with mutual accord, they then become the project's values statement and is converted to a poster which is then posted at team worksites. Knowing shared and accepted values can go a long way in preventing interpersonal conflict. I also add regular team development activities as a component of my human resources plan. You can add training sessions from the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team to your meeting schedules, if the line manager agrees to include them as a component of the assigned team member's professional development.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 19, 2016 5:17 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Excellent approach Adrienne ... I very much like the poster initiative. Great way to cascade information to all levels.



It also depends on how big an organization -
For instance in a $10 billion company will arrange for corp retreats where all the teams meet and play different team building games. Interact with each other to accomplish one common value i.e. mission of the company,
In the scenario - some companies wouldn't want to invest money but to use behavior skills especially if you're working in an offshore, nearshore model. You kickoff on phone, ask the team introduce and identify objectives. Basically we're sharing common goals, understand each other's cultural background because sensitivity to diversity is very important and useful. Techniques for team building used in both scenarios are - brainstorming, trust building exercises, how to manage conflict, assignment of online activities to share the mission and objective of a project, ,
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 19, 2016 5:19 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Amy, I totally agree with these approaches and you can also engage the team with team on project activities like creating WBS.



Feb 19, 2016 9:23 AM
Replying to Gina Abudi
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I separate kicking off the project team from starting the project. This entails getting the team together (ideally face-to-face but I'll also do it virtually when necessary) to get to know each other. I use a variety of team building activities as well as spending time to enable the team members to learn about each other on a personal level. We do also discuss the project and our norms and processes for how we will share the work and work together. I have written a number of articles on team building on my blog. Here is one of them: http://www.ginaabudi.com/how-good-are-you-at-building-a-team/.
This is great Gina. Thanks for your valuable input amd link. Your post is excellent.



Feb 19, 2016 12:58 PM
Replying to Adrienne Bitoy Jackson
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Sometimes I brainstorm w/the team to create a "team values" graphic using wordle. Each member shares a value which is most important to him/her and essential to the project. After discussion, and with mutual accord, they then become the project's values statement and is converted to a poster which is then posted at team worksites. Knowing shared and accepted values can go a long way in preventing interpersonal conflict. I also add regular team development activities as a component of my human resources plan. You can add training sessions from the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team to your meeting schedules, if the line manager agrees to include them as a component of the assigned team member's professional development.
Excellent approach Adrienne ... I very much like the poster initiative. Great way to cascade information to all levels.
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