workshop proposal | reboot11
New tools for better Collaboration
How can new tools help real-world teams adopt better collaborative approaches, such as Design Thinking?
Working in distributed multi-functional teams, we've seen a number of technologies come to try helping people collaborate more effectively: fax, email, Netware, Lotus Notes, Netmeeting, Knowledge Management, video conferencing, wikis, Basecamp, Socialtext, etc.
And yet, 95% of real-world teams feel swamped with meetings and email, particularly when it comes to collective decision making and design. And a majority of real-world team members still feel unwilling to use other collaborative technologies than phone, fax, email and meeting babble.
So, these questions seem worth a closer look:
- what's in the way for real-life teams to adopt collaborative tools?
- what can collaborative tools do well, what can't they do well (yet)?
- what is *the* future collective tool, and who will build it?
Let's do a workshop to start answering these questions. Martin Ludvigsen proposed a mini world-cafe format:
Depending on how many people are interested in this we could use three tables each with one of the above question, or whatever we feel is more relevant if it emerge.
And then some kind of poster-material as the conclusion for the rest of the conference to see - afterwards.
Happy to help prepare and lead parts of it -- contributors are very welcome.
Supporting topics could be
- successful real-world experience reports with modern collab products
- collab tool do's and dont's
- Design Thinking theory and practice
- insights from modern ergonomics, Persuasive Design, Design-for-X, etc
This workshop could be a good follow-on to these two reboot11 sessions: