Teaming by Design
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Our Mission:

Build great teams.

The ability to work in teams is a critical skill for the 21st century. We provide tools and research grounded in human-centered design, organizational behavior, and systems engineering to educate on building self awareness, working collaboratively with others, and growing capacity to achieve innovative outcomes. 


Why Teaming?

Solutions to today’s increasingly “wicked problems” demand radical collaboration. While we increasingly ask students and employees to work in teams, we provide them with little guidance or support for making those teams successful. We teach skills for working in teams, developing self awareness as a team member or leader, and coaching teams. Our hope is to help students, professionals, and individuals learn to leverage the diversity on their teams to achieve better, more innovative team outcomes.

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Our Impact

We provide online resources and in-person coaching support to educate about the basics of working in teams with the goals of (1) developing individuals’ personal capabilities as team members and team leaders and (2) increasing the effectiveness of radically diverse teams.



CLASSES INtegrated

We've helped faculty in business, engineering, life sciences, and the arts implement our team curricula into project-based classes.


Teams Coached 

We've guided multidisciplinary teams through all phases of projects, coached them through challenges, and celebrated successes.  


Students Trained

We've trained hundreds of students, freshman through PhDs and every degree in between, to work more effectively with others and learn to navigate team challenges.

Team Process Framework

We provide online resources and in-person coaching support that allow students and professionals to learn about the basics of teaming, and to develop their personal capabilities as team members and team leaders. We further provide faculty and managers with guidance on how to construct effective and engaging project-based environments and embed teaming curricula, leading to more effective learning opportunities and more effective team impacts.



Educating about teams

If we’re doing what we should be doing, we are acclimating students to an environment in which they have to learn to work with others who are very different from themselves. And that seems to me to be the first requirement of leadership. To actually learn to work with people in a respectful and inclusive way is inordinately important

Dr. Ruth Simmons / President, Prairie View A&M University / Read Full Article



Our Team

Teaming by Design was co-created by Dr. Sara Beckman and Dr. Rachel Dzombak, both from the University of California at Berkeley. They built on the work of many others with whom they have collaborated, including Dr. Barbara Waugh, Jane Creech, Ulrich Nettesheim, and Dr. Brandi Pearce. Teaming by Design provides resources and curriculum to help students realize the importance of leveraging diversity amongst collaborators and improve their teaming competency over time. Teaming by Design is currently integrated in project-based courses in engineering, natural sciences, the arts, and business at UC Berkeley and beyond, and we are continuing our research to build upon and improve what you see here.