You might not have noticed but we collaborate a lot here.

It’s a phrase I hear often and then when I have a look or try to notice. I find that folk are very much isolated in their own place.  This is my work , on my desktop so I can get it quickly.

So lets put this in a shared place. Deep deep down in a folder structure that one can’t remember.

I don’t think it matters really. No one is collaborating really.  An item is shoved around as an idea in a document up and down the line. Within the corporate chain.

What is the secret ?  What is the will to collaborate. It starts with a Team yes?

So many years involved in trying to get people to share. It doesn’t work .  I am looking for clues. I see glimpses.

In a medical world you may work as part of a research team and the authors and all the team are acknowledged as part of this paper this work.

This is part of it I think, being noticed, being acknowledged.

Often the case is one person does it. The collaboration is not seen, or even does.

So yes I have not noticed.  I continue to try and get to this.

Occasionally it is close . Shared co authoring reports, a shared site with external parties working on a project.

I think I just keep on hoping that someone notices that I am actually trying to facilitate collboration so it can be noticed.

 

“Yes we do collaboration around here”

Habits

I’ve been working with SharePoint for many years and people say to me its horrible I can’t do this and can’t do that.

Oh well its doomed to fail if you are doing it like this and like that.

What is the success of it really anyway what is it’s purpose.

Is it the role of a platform, software product to change the habits of the way people work . We all work so differently.

The clue I think is to observe the habits of those that wish to give it  a go.  Working in this way is a change this is going to change your habits.

Such a change is going to be a gradual change. One can’t change this too much.

If a persons day is working entirely in email then why bother.

But if you find a common thing that a few folk need to truly share and collborate on then you may have a chance.

It may take time.

It may be like this.

Put Policies on a page , get all policies on this page and organise them meaningfully , without folders so people can adjust their eyes to this , so editors can get used to this. So all can change a habit.

Next time through , use a standard template , editors can create a new one from scratch , tagging can be used in the document properties.  All the items are now in one central place being controlled well and managed.

It’s at this time that the provider and end user see benefit of this central place .

Habits have been changed.

This can be measured as a success. No one has had their whole  working day life usurped.

Outcomes from this success will lead to future requests for similar things to happen.

I now expect there to be less friction and all parties know about the way it works.

Less comments about it not being something else.

Its a long tale investment. As with all habits though there has to be a will to change that habit.