Michael's Books

Collaboration Roadmap (2011) – Technology Agnostic / Indifferent / Neutral

When I wrote SharePoint Roadmap for Collaboration in 2009, the focus was on talking about the key business and human-factors disciplines essential to collaboration success. Chapter 2 in SharePoint Roadmap looked at the technology of SharePoint 2007, and critiqued it against the Seven Pillars, a way of looking at the requirements of teams from collaboration technology. SharePoint Roadmap is now out-of-print, although you can purchase a copy for Kindle.

Collaboration Roadmap: You’ve Got the Technology — Now What?, the book I’ve just finished, is not about a specific collaboration product or service. I have tried to be agnostic, indifferent, and neutral to the multitude of collaboration technology products and services available on the market.

My overall intention is that:
– if you use SharePoint, you can take the advice in Collaboration Roadmap and apply it to your work with SharePoint.
– if you use IBM Connections, you can take the advice in Collaboration Roadmap and apply it to your work with Connections.
– if you use Yammer, you can take the advice in Collaboration Roadmap and apply it to your work with Yammer.
– if you use Jive, you can take the advice in Collaboration Roadmap and apply it to your work with Jive.
– ditto for anything else.

Specific products and services are mentioned in various places in the book, although the highest concentration is in Chapter 2, Really Understand the Technology. There are screen shots of quite a few different products and services, both those that are for on-premises deployment and cloud-based delivery.

Speaking of Chapter 2, you’ll find four major frameworks for evaluating the technology for fit-ability to purpose:
– the Seven Pillars, for collaborative teams. Teams work together on a project to achieve a specific business outcome.
– a new framework, the Four Connectors, for collaborative groups. Groups can self-form for the purpose of learning and capability development. I’ve called it a “group” framework, but some people prefer the use of the term “community.” Either way is fine, but I went with “group.”
– the completion of the Four Foundations framework, for collaborative organizations. Collaborative organizations are marked by the presence of effective collaborative teams and groups, but I talk about four extra capabilities that add value over-and-above teams and groups.
– finally, a new framework, Collaboration Scenarios, for looking at the common collaborative processes or scenarios that are carried out in your firm, and how to analyze the technology for improvement opportunities.

In summary, I’ve tried to be agnostic, indifferent, and neutral on the specific products and services – while still taking a hard look at what’s required at a technology level. The book doesn’t presuppose nor prefer any product or service, but is aimed at giving you tools to help you understand what you have (or are about to get) … and beyond the technology, how to do the critical things to achieve success. Once you’ve read the book, you’ll have to tell me whether I achieved my objective.

So … there’s only 12 days to go until Collaboration Roadmap arrives back from the printer. Have you got your order in?

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