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Is Your Workplace Ready for Interconnectedness?

The world has changed. Disruptive technology and globalization has created an increasingly interconnectedness and a complex business environment. More than ever, business is a team sport that leverages technology to cross borders and time zones.

At the same time, resources are stretched from downsizing and the struggling economy. Business issues are more complex than they were just a few short years ago. Employees are expected to do more with less and employers are faced with pressure to maintain a fit balance sheet, attract and retain top talent, and foster a strong corporate culture. Click Here to Read Article …

Collabtive: Project Management Simplified

An integral part of work is project management.  Whether big or small, a project cannot be successful if it isn’t well-managed. Every work has its own set of requirements, priorities, deadlines and more. Managing a project becomes a mammoth task, especially when we do not take proper steps to make sure it is managed effectively. Today, when many of us spend a good part of our lives in front of a computer screen, a good way to manage projects is through software.

Software like Microsoft Project can do the job, but then there are people like me who don’t like spending a small fortune on buying software. ApolloHQ (see earlier review) is a great option, but the limiting factor is the online access required. Without the cloud, ApolloHQ cannot take flight.

Another viable option is Collabtive, which is free and open source project management software. It has a very elegant and easy-to-use interface. The user (once logged in) can add projects, which she can then manage. Project management with Collabtive is easy. You can have as many users as you want. The users can also send messages to each other, that may (or may not) contain information on projects. The only disadvantage for some people may be that it does not provide the ability to create Gantt charts.
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Strike: The Little App That Does a Lot

From the minds at ZURB (developers of the aforementioned Verify) comes Strike, a simple and effective web-based application that lets users set up to-do lists and share them with others.

Strike has an interface that is stripped down so that it just lets you create new lists, add tasks to the lists and then check tasks off in the lists as they get completed. The collaboration takes place when you share the unique URLs of each list with others. They can then work to finish items on the list as well. Progress is made through “knocking tasks down” using a combined effort. That said, you only need share the lists you want, so it makes it easy to run individual and team projects using Strike.
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The Value of Workmates: Do You Need a Work Buddy?

I came across this interesting article a few days back discussing how to get more done with a work buddy and how he or she can help you stay on track.

I agree with most of the points mentioned, especially the one about collaboration. I have found that when I collaborate with people on projects, I can get more work done in less time. While there can be some loss of time in communication (although solutions keep cropping up on the web, such as Google Wave), I have found it to be a productive exercise.

A work buddy can keep an eye on you when you procrastinate, help you solve problems and motivate you during difficult times.

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Open for Business: Google Wave

Last week, Google announced that its real-time collaborative service Google Wave would now be available to all.  No more waiting for invites.

The question is: Was anyone really waiting for an invite anymore?

Is Google Wave all that it’s cracked up to be?  Is it a productivity “suck” or a productivity enhancer?  If you use Google Wave, what do you use it for?  Will it replace email?  We’d love to hear your feedback on this once highly-touted service. Click Here to Read Article …

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