How can we keep track of collaborative documents and open projects with a growing number of contributors adding to the workflow?
Digital platforms are pushing work from the tactile and analog worlds of solitary ownership, towards collaborative work processes, making it difficult for a single individual or a whole collective to coordinate tasks. The old in-box and out-box strategy no longer effectively helps organize day-to-day work, as to-do lists have become over burdened with multiple steps, contributors and moving parts. Innovative business tools are mimicking the existing social platforms by deconstructing the top-down management of workflows and making it a more collaborative process. With more co-workers working on the same documents and files, clear communication is becoming paramount for delivering a successful end product.
For all the reasons that social media platforms have become a success, businesses are harnessing the ability to record, reference and convene team member’s conversations. Twitter, Facebook and G-chat have changed the way people talk publicly, but the merit of functions like short-form communication, timelines and chat are being added to help to alleviate the strain of project management as well. These internal communication tools help to remove the barriers obstructing globally scattered and distracted workforces to aid in effectively coordinating projects.
New project management tools cover the range of production and organization models coming from evolving companies or innovative start ups, all of which seek to react at the pace of technology and industry change. Organizations layout have changed to help cover a range of multi-discipline projects with crowd-sourced employees, or accommodate thinly spread freelancers.
This injection of social platforms helps to ease the flow of communication while structuring processes for all those involved to move efficiently as a group. Utilizing familiar application interfaces to easily focus the array of digital documents, is assisting the social workflow to rise above miscommunication and confusion barriers, daylighting collaborative breakthroughs.
Check out two interesting examples of this Social Workflow below:
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Check out last week’s look at the influence design is having on the office of the future, read more about it here.