Monday, September 7, 2009

Collaboration - Getting Conversations Going

I've written many times here, and on my company blog, about collaboration topics. We can talk about tools all day long, but at the end of the day, better collaboration is about getting conversations started between people and groups, and about sustaining them in a productive and efficient manner. That is it. Getting people to talk about what works and what doesn't work. Getting teams talking to one another. Getting the group to see the problems. Getting all the brains working on the problems or opportunities, i.e. getting the wisdom of the crowd to have the team work together to solve whatever needs to be solved.

That is it. How do we get more brains working on a problem and thinking about how to move forward. Whether you are in a school setting working on a team project or in a company setting trying to develop a new product, the key is getting all the minds aligned and working on the goal.

If there are tools that help us do that better, like wikis and other Enterprise 2.0 ideas, then so much the better. Ultimately, those are going to be common, foundational ideas that all companies and groups will use. Everybody is not there yet, but everybody will be there one day. These tools and ideas get teams moving faster and better on the problems at hand. Less friction and overhead than alternatives and old ways.

We do goal alignment at work starting with the CEO and his staff with everyone aligning goals from there. That is a nice start, but it doesn't quite get there. Team collaboration is closer to what we need to do better.

Comments welcome.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mark,

    The following is 3 part series on Enterprise 2.0 Knowledge Management:

    Very interesting.

    I read the following on a blog:

    "When we use Enterprise 2.0, we're not transacting with a system; we're interacting with other people. And as Metcalf's Law famously states, the more people there are in that network, the more interactions each individual can have with his or her peers, and the more value that individual derives from participation in the network."