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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) projects frequently fail due to people-, not technology issues. Interpersonal interactions within a team influence team performance. While it's rare to set aside time to contemplate teamwork issues in a fast paced industry such as ICT, reflection is a worthwhile practice in steadily changing, complex environments. Reflection of personal practice is pivotal to experiential learning on team leadership. The development of team leadership capacities can be seen as a life-long learning process.

The rhea.framework offers conceptual guidelines for continual self-directed and interpersonal team leadership reflection. While team leaders may aim at some kind of reflective practice, and some project management and software development methodologies even describe the importance of reflection processes, the rhea.framework decisively supports experiential learning of persons holding leadership functions within a team through

  • providing a structured reflection template with an easy to follow reflection guideline,
  • an in-depth team leadership knowledge base for comparison and exploration, and
  • offering opportunities to get in contact and share experiences with other team leaders in moderated, case-based reflection meetings.

The rhea.framework is released as an open educational resource. It can be integrated in various organizational contexts and along other leadership learning approaches.


The rhea.framework introduces the following concepts: flows referring to personal written reflections, reference flows describing case studies, best practices or organizational patterns from peer reviewed sources for comparison, and core flows denominating foundational topics in team leadership.

Flow: If a significant event occurs in day-to-day team leadership practice, a written reflection (or flow) is elaborated following the reflection guideline.

Knowledge Base: The knowledge base can be used to compare personal experiences with reference flows.

Flow Session: Moderated peer learning meetings (or flow sessions) support reflection in a group of like-minded peers. Subscribe to the newsletter to get updates on flow sessions in your area.

(Flow sessions are rigorously organized adhering to the flow session policy. The steps described in the flow session procedure description guide through peer learning sessions, particularly in the beginning.)


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The rhea.framework emerged in an ongoing design science research study on interpersonal interaction in ICT-project teams. Find out more.