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No one would dispute that teams are critical to an organization’s success. Yet many teams feel they're not performing as well as they should be. Poor team performance, especially among teams that work across departments or functions, tend to breed silos, competing agendas, turf wars, and indecision; high performance produces organizational coherence and focus.

Determining the membership of a team is frequently the most powerful lever that a leader can use to shape its performance. Many team leaders regret not employing this lever early enough or thoroughly enough.

Still others neglect it entirely, assuming instead that factors such as titles, pay grades, or someone’s position on the org chart are enough to warrant team membership. Little surprise, then, that more than one-third of the executives we surveyed said their top teams did not have the right people and capabilities.

The key to getting the right people on a team is to be clear about how the team's performance will contribute to that of the larger organization, and then making sure the right people are in place to help make that happen. This sounds straightforward, but it's often more difficult than it seems. Sometimes teams have people on them who aren't necessary to reach a goal, just because they work in the same department or have the right title. In other cases, teams are missing someone who could help, often because they work in a different area of the organization or they don't see their goals aligned with the team's.

Ensuring that the right people are on the team requires conscience attention and courage from the team leader; without these, the team might not be able to deliver.

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The new Pi Zero will be the first computer to be bundled as a free magazine cover gift.
We don't have a Thanksgiving Day in the UK, but we do have Raspberry Pi. The British company that grew around its titular Raspberry Pi programmable computer is back with a new model today that's...
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NEW PRODUCT - Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266 WiFi

Feather is the new development board from Adafruit, and like it's namesake it is thin, light, and lets you fly! We designed Feather to be a new standard for portable microcontroller cores.

This is the Adafruit Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 - our take on an 'all-in-one' ESP8226 WiFi development board with built in USB and battery charging. Its an  ESP8266 WiFi module with all the extras you need, ready to rock! We have other boards in the Feather family, check'em out here -

At the Feather HUZZAH's heart is an ESP8266 WiFi microcontroller clocked at 80 MHz and at 3.3V logic. This microcontroller contains a Tensilica chip core as well as a full WiFi stack. You can progam the microcontroller using the Arduino IDE for an easy-to-run Internet of Things core. We wired up a USB-Serial chip that an upload code at a blistering 921600 baud for fast development time. It also has auto-reset so no noodling with pins and reset button pressings.

To make it easy to use for portable projects, we added a connector for any of our 3.7V Lithium polymer batteries and built in battery charging. You don't need a battery, it will run just fine straight from the micro USB connector. But, if you do have a battery, you can take it on the go, then plug in the USB to recharge. The Feather will automatically switch over to USB power when its available.

Here's some handy specs! Like all Feather 32u4's you get:

Measures 2.0" x 0.9" x 0.28" (51mm x 23mm x 8mm) without headers soldered in
Light as a (large?) feather - 6 grams
ESP8266 @ 80MHz with 3.3V logic/power
4MB of FLASH (32 MBit)
Built in WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
3.3V regulator with 500mA peak current output
CP2104 USB-Serial converter onboard with 921600 max baudrate for uploading
Auto-reset support for getting into bootload mode before firmware upload
9 x GPIO pins - can also be used as I2C and SPI
1 x analog inputs 1.0V max
Built in 100mA lipoly charger with charging status indicator LED
Pin #0 red LED for general purpose blinking. Pin #2 blue LED for bootloading debug & general purpose blinking
Power/enable pin
4 mounting holes
Reset button
Comes fully assembled and tested, with a USB interface that lets you quickly use it with the Arduino IDE or NodeMCU Lua. (It comes preprogrammed with the Lua interpretter) We also toss in some header so you can solder it in and plug into a solderless breadboard. Lipoly battery and USB cable not included (but we do have lots of options in the shop if you'd like!)

Check out our tutorial for all sorts of details, including schematics, files, IDE instructions, power management and more! -

#adafruitfeather   #adafeather   #feather   #boardsofafeather   #huzzah   #wifi  
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Sponsored: Exclusive 50% Off for Makers: Super-powered NVIDIA Jetson TK1 DevKit — now just $99. It’s made for processing-intensive embedded systems, such as self-operating, seeing-eye cars, drones, and appliances.
That's a 50 percent discount off the price of dev kit with the same Kepler architecture-based GPU that drives the world's brainiest machines.
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