All in a Day's Work - The Magnitude of Collaboration
Spending just a little time looking at specifics on your own collaboration patterns sheds light on the central role of communication and collaboration in the every day business process of a "knowledge worker.
Taking January 23rd as an example, 10 people were actively publishing in 15 project spaces on our server.
Because most group members are in active development /
In a 24 hour period, this group was responsible for:
- 95 Articles
- 66 Comments
- 12 Edits
- 58 Tag changes
- 118 Attachments totaling 9.
Within that content set, a look at the engineering related tags tells me:
- Bugs: 9 articles were posted which pointed to potential bugs; of which 2 were fixed already, 2 were duplicates, and 1 could not be reproduced.
- Feedback: 19 articles were posted with feedback
- To Do: 39 articles were marked for further action, 26 of which actions were lated revoked.
- Done: 10 articles (originally published on January 23, January 22, January 21, January 16, and May 14) were marked done.
At this rate, this 10 person group would eventually publish a total of 40,000 articles and comments in a given work year!! And this is only a slice of their daily activity which may occur in other channels and workspsaces such as e-mail or another wiki.
That’s the magnitude of collaboration, and putting it in light of these metrics makes you realize how vital a collaboration platform can be, even for a small team or small business.
The message is clear: Start using a collaboration platform early in a process, and be sure your users can contribute as easily as posting to a blog and explore as easily as using their favorite internet search engine.