Industry Updates

Working with People You Can't Be With Daily Report (July 17, 2008)

The People Part of Working with People You Can’t Be With

  • Purdue University is hosting the Conference for Collaboration and Innovation in September. “The Conference for Collaboration and Innovation will be held Sept. 14-17 in Stewart Center and will feature presentations on subjects including leadership and ethics, virtual teams, building trust in employees, managing conflict and responding to globalization …. The goal of our conference is to reach out to those in industry so they can learn new ways of organizing and managing people. With technology constantly changing the way we collaborate, and with companies working with partners around the world, this issue is more important than ever.This is one of the conferences I would love to attend in September.
  • Keith shares his insights on building architectures that encourages collaboration, and on what usually happens. “They are offices that support flexible work arrangements and frequent spontaneous reconfigurations, of people, furniture, walls, and cubicles. In innovative organizations, you find a blend of solo work, work in pairs, and collaborative teams. But most of today’s offices are designed to support only one kind of work: solitary work, alone in an office (or a cubicle). In innovative organizations, people are always moving around, bumping unexpectedly into others, and stopping for a few minutes to chat. Offices that support these natural connections have chairs and tables in the hallways or near the stairways, to make such conversations easier.Where’s the ‘space for collaboration’ in virtual team work? I think it’s a “present and available” signal in instant messaging.

The Technology Trends of Working with People You Can’t Be With

  • Cynapse released Version 2.0 of, its collaboration product, with a variety of new features and applications. “Spaces help managers to streamline the work and management of the teams over widely dispersed geographies and departments. Members can work together in spaces seamlessly, with a familiar set of structured collaborative applications including Wikis, Blogs, File Repositories, Galleries, Event Calendars etc.” It’s available immediate to install or as a hosted service. It’s been a while since I wrote about last — staying power is a good sign for collaboration software.
  • OSAF is still working on Chandler, and has released a set of user stories about the use of Chandler. Eg, Laura writes “The single greatest thing about [Chandler] is the core idea of the confluence of tasks, emails, and appointments as simple items which can interact and be managed with one other. It is SO TRUE that separating these items into hard categories with totally different interfaces makes organization more, not less, difficult. Allowing them to be listed and managed together is a huge leap forward. It has definitely already added value to my life.” It looks like these have been aggregated from the Chandler Blog. Chandler is a pretty different offering, so take a look through the product tour.

Other Noteworthy Insights

  • Why are you resisting writing? Perhaps you don’t like writing, or maybe you’re scared (of failure and success).

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