Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Collaboration and Creativity

"Most software applications are written to solve a particular problem, so the typical IT project is task-based and operates in the upper half of the figure above. Projects that develop software tools and others that have similar profiles, however, work in a different way. Typically an individual or small group invests creative effort to develop the core ideas behind the tool. Once various approaches have been explored and one settled upon, the project shifts to a collaborative mode where a team builds the product."

Collaborative efforts succeed because of several contributing factors. Some of the most important are:

  • Clear identification of the tasks and the team members assigned to complete the tasks
  • Awareness of the team members' activities and progress and the overall progress of the project towards completion
  • Rich history that offers views of the state of the project at any time in the past
  • Effective synchronous and asynchronous communication
Source: Collaboration support: The next evolutionary step

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