Filed under: Collaboration and social
Collaboration tools have been used in organisations for a long time now, and the new generation of tools is spreading at an incredible rate. Tools are being deployed in parallel across many different business units, irrespective of any organisation-wide strategy or support.
A planned approach must therefore be taken to the management of collaboration tools within organisations. While it is left to a future article to outline a full strategic roadmap, the first step is to put in place a model of ‘gardening’.
This must be done now, before the ‘horse has bolted’. Any delay will leave much cleanup to be done after the fact.
Addressing collaboration challenges
This briefing is one of a number of articles published on managing collaboration within organisations.
The earlier article Collaboration tools are anti knowledge sharing?, highlighted that while collaboration tools are great for meeting local and individual needs, they can be detrimental to organisation-wide knowledge sharing. Locking up all the content into small collaboration spaces can make it harder to find key information.
The article Successful collaboration requires support highlighted a range of resources that should be developed to help staff pick the right tools and make the best use of them. There also needs to be a central team who play a ‘mentoring’ role to the organisation, guiding the adoption and use of collaboration tools.
Organisations should not stand in the way of collaboration, or create barriers to the adoption of collaboration tools. Equally, they should not stand by and let these tools spread without support or direction.
[CM Briefing 2007-21, read the full article]