The Evolving Concept of “Working in Teams”

Technology changes the nature of work. It always has in one way or another. And now it is changing the nature of what we mean by “working in teams.”

We are in a new era where many human workers have, or soon will have, cognitive co-workers (i.e., machine learning applications).  This pairing of person and technology creates a human-technology team that will work problems together.  The effect that such teaming has on the human team member is something to be studied.

Beyond that, there will also be teams of such teams, i.e., my cognitive co-worker and I will work with your cognitive co-worker and you to achieve mutual goals.  Is there anything to that dynamic that might create teamwork challenges?

It’s something to think about.