Archive for the 'Collaboration' Category

Let’s play catch

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

Hal Macomer is inviting people to play catch. Hal was one of the first people I put on my blogroll - excellent stuff on project management and collaboration!

The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

If you’re unsure about how to use Powerpoint - here’s how it’s really done: The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation. Truly, Powerpoint at its very finest. I first saw this a few years ago but was reminded of it today.


Friday, August 5th, 2005

Oh well, I knew I’d be missing out. The program for Wikimania 2005 looks very promising and the first few reports that are coming in seem to confirm that.

Real-time wiki editing

Saturday, July 9th, 2005

Over at JotSpot they seem to have come up with a nice feature: JotSpot Live. Says Abe Fettig:

JotSpot Live is a real-time wiki interface that allows multiple users to edit the same page at the same time.

Pretty cool for phone/IM conference note taking.

At Wikipedia here’s how they deal with two or more people editing the same page at the same time.

Blog-based online deliberation

Friday, June 24th, 2005

Interesting idea that just came out of the group session: blog-based online deliberation. A few of us will most likely experiment on that. Key here is the use of tags or social bookmarks not only for categorizing the content by topic but also for rating the content for quality as well as agreement/disagreement.

CTC 2005: Content Management and Collaboration

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

In this session at CTC 2005 today, Chris Cummings (Interwoven), Kevin O’Connor (EMC/Documentum), Mark Fredrickson (NextPage), Mark Levitt (IDC), Jared Spataro (OpenText) and Darrin Wood (Vignette) talked about content management and collaboration (check the wiki for more info). Stowe Boyd sums it up.

Interesting, how big a strategic role email plays still. I don’t agree with the notion that “email has simply won.” Who would argue the fact that email has some pretty big downsides to it. There just don’t seem to be any real alternatives available today that actually work (i.e. that offer a better overall user experience at a lower cost). People will probably continue to use email until that day when - eventually - more effective tools/processes have been invented.

CTC 2005: Open Source Collaboration Solutions

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Follow-up information on yet another very good session at CTC 2005 is available on the CTC 2005 Wiki.

Collective Wisdom

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Three weeks ago in May, I had a chance to join The Presidio Dialogues for a very refreshing conversation on “Thinking Together: When Everyone is Smarter than Anyone.” Two case studies mentioned that night caught my attention: Juanita Brown’s The World Café (an approach to large-group collaborative dialogue) and Bob Horn’s Mess Maps (download the Multnomah County, Oregon example on “Public mental health”, PDF, 367kb to get an idea what mess maps are about). They both tie very nicely into what James Surowiecki describes in his book, The Wisdom of Crowds (ISBN: 0-385-50386-5):

“[...] under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by exceptionally intelligent people in order to be smart. Even if most of the people within a group are not especially well-informed or rational, it can still reach a collectively wise decision.”

I hope to hear more on how to tap into a group’s “collective wisdom” next week in New York and Minneapolis.

The European blogosphere(s)

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Loïc Le Meur did a presentation yesterday at reboot7 on The European blogosphere. Very insightful for a number of reasons. For once, it’s a wiki (platform: Socialtext), built within 24 hours, content courtesy of many contributors. I guess you could call that collaboration …

Going to Minneapolis

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

I’ll be attending the International Symposium on Local E-Democracy, July 26-27, 2005 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Prior to the conference, I’ll be joining the Face to Face Meeting of The Online Working Group of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (ODDC): “Deepening Online Deliberation - Through Innovative Practice and Research”.