Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Project Collaboration


Activity - a shared online workspace. Using PowerPoint, Word, Visio, an Project files and comments

Participants - 1 project manager and 1 consultant

Technologies - www.box.net was used as the workspace

On Tuesday I took part in a presentation to a board following a year long project of requirements gathering, process analysis, selection workshops and reporting. It was a great project working with great people.

The project manager and I collaborated extensively, we met regularly face to face, discussed plans co-authored documents, diagrams and presentations.

The co-authoring was supported by the use of a shared folder on box.net. What was really valuable was keeping the current version of the documents and also providing comments for each other about next steps. This was useful while we was developing things and also served as a prompt.

Personally the thing I noticed was greater awareness of the combined effort, I noticed:


  • when a new version of a document was uploaded - prompting me to review it
  • when a document was downloaded - reassuirng me that things were happening
  • when I hadn't uploaded documents I was aware that the project manager would know I wasn't working on it :-)

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