For those who attended our “Think Out of the (In)box” event, here’s a recap with some of the ‘best of’ video clips captured during the live webcast.
Our moderator, panelists and energetic audience provided a great discussion on fundamental issues facing teams seeking solutions to support their collaboration needs.
Here are some of the questions that were addressed during the event:
- What is the difference between groups and teams and, respectively, group-work and teamwork?
- Why is email still being used in the context of teams even though it is not a many-to-many collaboration solution?
- Why are enterprises to blame for the stagnant progress in adopting more team-friendly collaboration solutions that will replace email?
- When is it best using synchronous collaboration solutions and when asynchronous? Who prefers one over the other?
- What are ‘high-performance teams’ and do start-ups qualify as such?
As well as some more entertaining questions, such as:
- Why does Dave Hornik hate wikis?
- When does Sara Beckman expect the Myers-Briggs test to be delivered online?
On the topic ‘teams vs. groups’ that Sara Beckman brought up, Jane Creech provided some great insight on how groups scale up to become high-performance teams once the characteristics of teams become more prevalent.
Dave Hornik was quick to point out that start-ups, by definition, are high-performance teams yet they lack the tools to support this team-intense environment with the exception of ‘mediocre’ wikis:
I have not come across a start-up that has a software tool that really addresses teamwork in a meaningful way.
Interestingly, wikis have become increasingly a tool that start-ups are adopting…they’re horrible, they are purely about information.
In response to the moderator’s David Coleman question: “If email works best for one-to-one and sometimes one-to-many interactions, while teamwork is a many to many interaction, why are most people still using email?” Dave Hornik brought up the fundamental differences between synchronous and asynchronous communications and the demographics that constitute who prefers one means of communication over the other. As for himself, Dave needs sleep time and, therefore, async is key!
Collaboration works best when everybody is available and yet we’re all busy and running around so nobody is available at any given time. Email has become the best tool for asynchronous communications…I use it for that reason alone…We see evolution where our kids are more interested in IM and don’t believe in email…We need to find better tools that deal with asynchronous.
Who is to be blamed for the slow progress being made with more team-friendly collaboration solutions than email? According to Jane Creech, it’s the enterprise:
What keeps people from breaking out of the email cycle is that enterprises haven’t realized yet the power of team knowledge sharing systems and until they acknowledge the power of teams, email will be used.
Finally, for those of you MBA students still looking for jobs and missed our event, here’s another opportunity to get some insight on the job market prospects: