Industry Updates

Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams Report (February 8, 2008)

The People Part of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Rules for running virtual meetings: (1) constantly re-engage, (2) set boundaries, (3) stay in touch, (4) don’t ‘wing’ it, and (5) set the pace.
  • Communication problems in teams and project settings can be political, cultural, or linguistic. Kailash has shares some thoughts on how to address each. “A wise old project manager once told me that over ninety percent of project issues he’d encountered could be traced back to communication problems. I’m not sure I can vouch for that number from personal experience (I haven’t counted, to be honest), but I’d have to agree that he’s right in spirit, if not in number. A shared world-view – which includes a common understanding of tools, terminology, culture, politics etc. – is what enables effective communication within a group. Project managers can facilitate a common understanding in their projects by analysing and addressing communication constraints at interfaces.

The Technology Trends of Enterprise Collaboration and Virtual Teams

  • Alfresco has integrated its document management system with FaceBook. Mike looks into the details.
  • Google announced the Google Apps Team Edition, a set of online applications. The suite is free, and includes Docs, Calendar, Talk and Start Page. Nick and others say this will aid with spurring bottom up adoption within organizations. “By easing the grassroots adoption of Apps, Google hopes to begin reshaping the way employees – and then employers – think about personal productivity apps. The idea isn’t to displace, say, Microsoft Office, but to complement it, providing a simple way to collaborate on documents and other files. As the use of Apps becomes more established, it becomes natural for companies to formally adopt the programs to gain further capabilities and controls. In the process, they’ll probably also sign up for the premium edition, which requires a $50 per user subscription. And then, in the long run, people start realizing that they’re doing pretty much everything they need to do within the web apps, and they start asking themselves: why exactly are we still licensing the old-fashioned versions of these programs and suffering the expense and nuisance of installing and running them on all our PCs?” The team edition includes an upgrade path to the corporate edition.

Insights on Being Productive and Effective as an Individual

  • Jared shares a set of links on productivity that he’s found very helpful.

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • Swarmteams released a free whitepaper on mobile community engagement (PDF, 5 pages). “The paper describes an approach to “mobile community engagement” illustrated with a real case study and highlights how a marketeer can obtain major benefits including: higher levels of user participation; lower campaign costs; better dynamics for word of mouth marketing; and engaging a community not just an individual.

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