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Question: How do you structure Teams in your organization?

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Jose Ramirez
Occasional Contributor

We are working towards implementing the use of Microsoft Teams. However, one of the questions we have is how are others structuring teams. To clarify,

 

- Do organizations use one team per department? And each department uses a channel for each project?

- Do organizations use a team per project?

 

We are looking for pros and cons. Your input is appreciated.

4 Replies
Hi Jose,

I have seen many types. By department, by virtual team, by project, by theme, by site, by mix of internal and external users as in determined by customer or vendor relationship, whole org Teams, by file library access and permissions, personal teams for testing, teams for enthusiasts and teams for social.

It is of course very subjective and there are pros and cons of each type. For example why departments are natural partitions in organisations most users engage in cross department activities so they may not be as useful as virtual teams across departments. So it’s really recommended to base them on how your users work.

Best, Chris

Thanks Chris for your input. I appreciate it.

Thanks Jose!

If I have answered your question please feel free to mark it with a like or as the solution.

I look forward to answering more of your questions in the future!

Best, Chris
As @Christopher Hoard said there’s no right answer! It’s a matter of what your organization look like and what’s your processes looks like!
One example could be as following:
A team for each department, then a team for cross collaboration containing users from all departments! Each department has a channel ex “finance” which all employees from finance subscribe to. This means they will only be notified when someone posts something in the finance channel from any other user in the org.
Then projects can have their own teams! If it’s smaller projects maybe a channel will do!

Adam