my world of work and user experiences

May 31, 2009

Addicted to collaboration sites…

Filed under: New world of work — Tags: , — frederique @ 22:26

In my job, I use SharePoint project sites – or more generally team sites – to share documents and information with my team mates and to keep track of projects. I’ve just discovered how much this way of work has become a part of me, when we were planning our holiday. Help, I’m addicted!

We are going island hopping in Scotland in the busy season, so we need to book several ferries and bed & breakfasts. And for that we needed some idea of what we wanted to see and how much time we would want to spend on each island.
My travel companions live in different locations, so we discuss our plans whenever we meet in person, by phone and by e-mail. However, I soon lost track of our ideas and decisions and of the status of the bookings that different people were taking care of. So I found myself itching for a project site.

Unfortunately, we don’t have Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) running on our home computers. But fortunately, there are other tools available: We used Google Docs to share our plans.
It doesn’t work as well as my usual sharepoint project sites. For example, I have not found a way to get a notification whenever somebody edits the document. And it wasn’t a coherent environment where we could also share announcements, tasks and contact information in an easy way as well. But hey, it worked and at least I could get my collaboration fix …

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