Okay, so this is an idea … re-orienting what I’ve historically done about new products and services in line with common collaborative processes. I’m not promising to do this again, or regularly … I’m just experimenting. Comments welcome. I’ll have to re-think this layout though … it’s hard to scan.
Managing a Project
Interesting academic article from January 2009 on collaboration in software teams. Basically, the researchers looked at communication patterns within a geographically-distributed software team, and using communication patterns reasoned via social network analysis, were able to predict 70% of failed builds based on the communication pattern for a particular build.
EvoApp is a newish project collaboration service. Without signing up, however, the Web site is light on details.
Cisco also released an iPad app, called Cisco WebEx Meeting Center. It is free, and supports the use of voice-over-IP.
Co-Authoring a Document
Why do people keeping going back to email for document co-authoring? The author suggests three reasons: change, the learning curve, and everything else.
“Virtual Collaborative Writing in the Workplace: Computer-Mediated Communication Technologies and Processes” is a new book due in May on document collaboration at work. It includes input from academics and practitioners.
– See the press release.
– Amazon has it listed for US$180. Ouch.
Crocdoc is an online tool for collecting feedback on documents. Supports PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint presentations.
Tracking What’s Going On
Microsoft Office Labs discussed OfficeTalk, a potential microblogging service for the enterprise.
– Research by Microsoft has shown the value of this in a business context.
– Read the original blog post.
There is renewed interest in slate form-factor devices.
– Apple shipped the first iPad’s in the United States.
– Reviews of the iPad: MercuryNews (“it’s more expensive than a netbook, but much more fun”), James Kendrick (“with a little practice, I have gotten pretty good at typing with the onscreen keyboard”, and he notes that the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard works with the iPad for on-the-go typing), ComputerWorld (“they sold 300,000 in two days).
– If I was buying an iPad, I’d probably get a Timbuk2 bag to go with it.
– HP is teasing the world with its HP Slate ads (eg, on YouTube, A Full Mobile Experience). The video includes a demonstration of using Skype on the HP Slate.
Apple will talk about the iPhone 4.0 operating system later this week. Looks like a new iPhone might be coming mid-2010.