Step 1. What is the team's purpose?


This article describes the first step to planning a team, the team's purpose.




The first step is to consider the purpose of creating this new team (e.g., for department, project, or temporary needs), and determine whether a new team meets your needs.

Note: MS Teams is currently available to all current SFU faculty, staff and graduate students. MS Teams should not be used for teaching and learning purposes.

Here is our recommendation depending on the purpose of your team:

For project, campaign, or incident/issue For department/unit, office, or functions
We recommend creating:
  • a group chat if the purpose is only for a relatively short time (e.g., 2 - 4 weeks).
  • channel within an existing team, if all members are already a part of a same team.
  • new team with corresponding channels, if the members are not a part of a same team.
We recommend creating:
  • a new team with corresponding channels.

If you'd like to proceed with creating a new team, please consult your department's IT support points to ensure the purpose of your team is unique and align with internal processes/procedures (if any) on the team name and structure.

To proceed with creating a team, continue to the next step →


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Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) is a virtual collaboration app that brings together Microsoft 365 services (such as Office and OneDrive) to keep you virtually connected to the SFU community from anywhere at any time.