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Abi Jones @jonesabi
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I keep telling my team that we're smarter together than we are as individuals, but this morning I decided to dig into the research on team smarts.

What are the attributes of effective teams?
Study 1.a
This study grouped ~700 people into teams of 2-5 and have them problems to solve.

The problems were varied in focus/needs (logical analysis, brainstorming, coordination, planning)

nytimes.com/2015/01/18/opi…
Study 1.b
The smartest teams had three characteristics

1. Members contributed equally, no 1 or 2 people dominated

2. Members scored higher on tests involving reading emotional states from eyes

3. More women. Teams with more women performed better.
2a

Then researchers ran the same study, but with *online* collaboration tools like Skype and email.

Could groups that worked online demonstrate collective intelligence?
2b

Surprise!

"…the most important ingredients for a smart team remained constant regardless of its mode of interaction: members who communicated a lot, participated equally and possessed good emotion-reading skills."

(Ok, not a surprise.)
I'm trying to find more research, but the first three pages of Google results are about the two studies above, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
If you want to learn more, this research is the the field of "collective intelligence"

cci.mit.edu
I'm interested in collective intelligence because we usually conceive of and test systems for use by one person, but what do they look like in a group?
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