A TeamMachine™ is a structured digital workspace where a team organizes, plans, aligns, coordinates, and communicates regarding its work among team members while also engaging with all stakeholders and measuring its progress in order to achieve its goals and fulfil its mission.
Unlike team sites of the past, which are largely document sharing-oriented, TeamMachines™ are action-oriented.
  • Define the Objectives
  • Identify who’s responsible and others involved
  • Establish the destination date
  • Organize the actions required and by whom
  • Pull together the inputs and collaboratively building the deliverables or outputs
  • Raise and resolve issues
  • Measure and track the objectives
Strategy TeamMachines™
Strategy TeamMachines™ are designed for senior leadership teams in an organization, including corporate leadership, but also include departmental, divisional, and functional leadership teams. This TeamMachine™ creates a ‘living’ strategic plan for the organization rather than ‘credenza- ware’, which is a strategic plan captured in a word processing document and stored on the executive’s credenza. These TeamMachines™ are configured based upon Goal/Objective frameworks, such as Balanced Scorecard. The teams build-out strategic initiatives to drive the work necessary to achieve the strategic objectives. They identify measures (KPIs) and track them based upon their defined frequency.

Program/Project TeamMachines™
These TeamMachines™ are linked to specific strategic objectives created and tracked in the Strategy TeamMachine™, which can drill-down into these TeamMachines™.
  1. PMBOK® Guide-Based Program/Project TeamMachines™ designed for program and project teams that utilize a program/project management methodology based on based upon the PMBOK® Guide, e.g., Stakeholder Register, Requirements, WBS Dictionary, Risk Register, etc.
  2. Agile TeamMachines™. This TeamMachine™ is configured to facilitate agile development teams. These TeamMachines™ can be connected to support ART (Agile Release Trains) in the SAFe approach. They can also be connected into a PMBOK® Guide-based Program TeamMachine™.
Core Business TeamMachines™
Based upon the specific work that the core business team does (e.g., new product development, business development, consulting, quality management), these TeamMachines™ utilize a portfolio along with the team-configured process (stages). The portfolio is configured for one of the following types: 1) Opportunities (e.g., prospects, ideas); 2) Request (e.g., project request for HR, Marketing, IT); or 3) Problem (e.g., incident). For each stage, the team member populates the ‘action steps’ by selecting a process from their process library which supports consistency for team work as well as the efficiency of documenting the action steps.

There is a wide variety of teams that can benefit from the Core Business TeamMachine™: consulting, marketing, HR, legal, quality, R&D, and more. Each of these types of teams either generate leads or opportunities, which requires the management of a work plan to move opportunity from a lead (or idea) to some final state (e.g., a closed ‘deal’, rejected proposal). The team may receive ‘requests’ to do work (e.g., an HR group, IT Support). In one of the portfolio stages, the team will prioritize the requests to schedule the project work. If the project work is small in terms of number of tasks, people involved, level of risk, the team uses the Core Business TeamMachine™ to plan and mange it. On the other hand, if it is large, complex, and high risk, the PMBOK® Guide-based Program/Project TeamMachine™ is used.
Operations Management TeamMachines™
The Operations Management TeamMachine™ is configured to work with Core Business TeamMachines™. By linking them together, the management teams can see a consolidated view of the work pipeline and resource levels of their core business teams.

Networked Organization
Because TeamMachines™ are structured with standard components, they can be connected together which creates a synergistic, digital organizational network for coordinating and integrating management work across the enterprise.