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Submissions/Building your team: a guide to working together

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. 2076 Subject - C5
Title of the submission
Building your team: A guide to working together
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission

Michael Jahn

Language of presentation


E-mail address


Michael Jahn WMDE
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Deutschland
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

A group of people is not necessarily a team. This is why there are thousands of books and tutorials on teams and how they work. Who does what? And why? Who gets to decide what to do? How to communicate? And, very importantly, how to reach the goals you set yourselves? This workshop will give answers to these questions – specifically looking at the context of the Wikimedia movement. Typically, team-building and management advice focuses on paid staff and corporate structures, but in our movement the term "team" may mean much more. The workshop offers different perspectives on different team challenges:

  • joining a team of volunteers
  • (co-)creating a team of volunteers
  • joining a mixed team of volunteers and paid staff
  • (co-)creating a mixed team of volunteers and paid staff
  • joining a staffed team
  • building a staffed team
  • hiring people

Any or all of the above subjects are available to be worked on. However, attendees may discuss their preferences and expectations on-wiki, before Wikimania, and the workshop agenda will be designed accordingly. In short, participants will decide about the thematic focus.

How it works: Many team tutorials rely on an either/or approach, e. g. specific roles versus the absence of roles, specific processes versus the absence of processes. By contrast, in this workshop we will focus on

  • how to establish a clear understanding of what to achieve,
  • how to lay the groundwork for a thriving team culture,
  • how avoid the most commons challenges of teamwork,
  • how to meet your deadlines, expectations and budgets
What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will take away a set of concise recommendations about working with/in teams. Apart from practical examples and the exchange with other participants, attendees will be provided with different tools for

  • assessing which expertise they need for their team(s)
  • keeping track of project developments
  • improving team culture
  • etc.
Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Beginning, intermediate, advanced – participants may shape the focus of the workshop by commenting on-wiki.

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
55 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
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Is this Submission a Draft or Final?



This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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