When your team starts working in Webex, you should take time to think about how best to structure your teams and spaces. If you take a systematic approach, you'll likely find it easier to control your workflow and better support your team. You can establish common processes, make decisions, build common knowledge, and facilitate your team culture.

Follow Your Company's Guidelines

Your company might already have specific guidelines that you should follow when creating spaces or teams. For example, managers might be expected to have a space dedicated to their direct reports, or an entire technology group might have a team that everyone gets added to automatically. So, if you're in a position to create new spaces and teams for your co-workers to work together, check first for your company's guidelines. Since most people will be working in multiple spaces and teams at a time, following similar guidelines makes it easier for everyone.

Start with Spaces

A space is where all the action takes place in Webex. It's where you send messages, share files, schedule meetings, make calls, and so on. You can have several types of spaces : one with just one other person, one with lots of people, and one that's part of a larger team. When you message someone directly , you're creating a space just between the two of you, and no one else can join that conversation. If you need to communicate with more people about a specific topic, you can create a space where you can all work together. If your scope expands from that space's original intention, you might need to create a team and move the space into a team .

Build Your Teams

You'll generally create teams for one of two reasons—if you have a specific communication structure in mind for a large project or group of people, or if you've grown out of a space that you've created. Teams are simply a collection of related spaces. They're great for a consistent group of people who are going to be working on something for a long time. That something might be complicated and involve a lot of activities or subprojects happening at the same time. You can create a different space for each piece of the puzzle.

Let's say you manage a team of about 10 people in the Finance department of a large company. Once your team is using the app, you can create a team called "Finance." When you create a team, you become its moderator , and everyone you add is a team member. They'll be automatically added to the team's General , which is the default space, and the only one that your team members get added to automatically.

Organize Your Teams

Consider using the General space for announcements where you can share important information as read-only messages. Only team moderators will be able to post to the space, and you'll prevent losing these important messages in the ongoing discussions happening in the other team spaces.

How you structure your team is the key to your team's success. Anyone on the team can add spaces to the team as a way of sharing their knowledge. Everyone on the team can see the available team spaces and join them on their own. If you want your team to follow guidelines when creating team spaces, be sure to let them know.

Add More Moderators

You might also find it useful to assign other moderators to the team to help keep the team members list up to date, or to update the team details. Moderators can help make sure that the spaces in your team are all active by archiving spaces that you aren't using, or restoring any that you need again. They can also remove people from the team who aren't working on it anymore.

Finally, when everybody's work has moved on to new projects, you can archive your team and get ready to create your next team!