Groups working together work smarter than individuals working alone. At the same time, groups working virtually – online or by phone – often lack collective intelligence, and members often “fly solo” rather than deal with the frustrations of a dispersed team. Catalyst created the Project Planning Online Simulation to help teams facilitate online communication and appropriately use technology that enable their dispersed teams to function effectively. This interactive program offers an opportunity to practice collaborating and making group decisions when participants are based in different workplaces.
Participants play the role of a newly formed team that is taking over a project currently being managed by R&D. The new group has been assigned responsibility and authority to design a plan for managing and executing the project. Using a conference call and online collaboration software, members work individually and as a team to arrange 20 management activities for planning the project.
The program lasts three hours, including assessment and debriefing. This online business simulation from Human Synergistics allows organizations to build their teamwork skills while working on a conference call and with a Web-based simulation, GroupMind Express™.
- Develop guidelines for effective online meetings
- Improve problem solving and decision making in team situations
- Practice team communication
- Learn best practices for virtual collaboration