Posts Categorized: Collaboration

Community of Practice-Wrangling

Between 2007 and 2010, I started a community of practice for people who work with biodiversity information systems. At the outset of the project, I was not a member of the community. I did the project as a community of practice wrangler contracting to the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System programme aka TFBIS. Now… Read more »

Is Email Killing Collaboration?

There’s a lot of talk about alternatives to email. But if you look at people on their computers, most of the time they’re not using Web 2 or Enterprise 2. They’re using email. We use email because everyone uses email. It’s the only online communication tool that everyone uses. So we’re stuck with it. And… Read more »

Google Wave

In May last year Google released Google Wave. In August Google announced that they were shutting it down. Wave was an editor that allowed multiple people to edit the same document at the same time. It was similar to the editors that appeared in the labs during the early 1990s. In this post I examine… Read more »

Working from Home: Time Management

Back in 2008, I shifted my working days to Tuesday to Friday in the office, then from home on Saturdays. Overall it worked well, but some Saturdays were harder than others. I wasn’t sure why, but on those days I found it particularly hard to concentrate, and ended up having to work on and off… Read more »

An Email Address and an Inbox for a Group

The main weakness with email is its main strength. The wonderful thing about email is that every individual can have an email address and an inbox. The terrible thing about email is that a group can not have an email address or an inbox. Email is an individual-centric medium. That makes it a great medium… Read more »

Email: Consider Your Audience

In Why Fight Email?, I explained how OnlineGroups.Net makes email useful for group collaboration. Unfortunately, however, even though OnlineGroups.Net inherently adds useful metadata to email, it does not provide immunity from the GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) effect. If people send bad email, people receive bad email. Receiving bad email causes email overload. Inbox-management tools… Read more »

Why Fight Email?

There are problems with email as a collaboration tool. The worst is email overload. A lot of email takes a lot of management. Triaging and curating email are especially difficult when the email lacks metadata that enables it to be assessed without opening the email. Even the best email management approaches take effort, and still… Read more »