I’m a bit naive by nature, so I tend to be the guy you pull stuff on in the office. Always good for a laugh, I think my team’s favorite part of the day is when I walk away from my laptop without locking it. You want to inspire camaraderie with your group? Give them 10 minutes […]
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Many won’t openly admit it, but when I read the headline to this article on The Creativity Post recently, I laughed out loud. Afterwards, I thought about it and cringed with the pain of a thousand paper cuts: “Why Meetings Make Us More Creative” Something ridiculous about that, right? So many articles telling us to […]
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I wish I was the type of writer who could throw together less than 100 words and end up with gold. I’m just too long winded; plus this opening paragraph is proof that I need quite a head of steam before I get into the meat of my work. Guess that’s one more lesson I […]
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Quotes like this give me hope for the world of enterprise-level software. While it seems like something said five years ago, this was said just recently by Dave Knox, CMO at Rockfish: “Startups are now applying best-in-class lessons learned from the consumer Internet and applying them to enterprise/B2B products… . Technology is happening at the […]
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Seth Godin reminded us (as only he can) yesterday that we must find ways to humanize the work we do. Of course that can translate into providing value to the product you are making, the process you are creating, and you as an individual. The question we must continue to ask ourselves is how do we […]
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I am a big fan of the folks over at Planview. Not just because of their output of such great information on how to build better products, but for their desire to shape thought in a positive direction for innovation. Kaylee Kolditz posed the notion of whether or not we are asking the right questions […]
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I’d like to pose a scenario and see if you can relate. It’s the end of yet another month at your company. You’ve had an extremely productive and successful 30 days, even been complimented by a couple of co-workers in the process. You walk into the conference room for the month-in-review session with a certain […]
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Here’s another amazing part of my job: I get to talk to people and companies of all kinds about what they do. Not in terms of the product they create or service they perform, but what they do to accomplish those goals. In essence, I get to ask the question of how. Nine times out of […]
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Even though they are not in the same industry segment I inhabit, everyone in the Agile world knows Zappos. Not only are they one of the top companies to work for in the US, they continue to rethink and innovate their internal processes.
In this post on the InVision App site (great prototyping app for mobile dev teams, I recommend), Donny Guy from Zappos discusses how they designed their offices for more than fun. It’s laid out with the express intent of encouraging collaboration.
Again, just like culture, many decision makers think this concept can be casually decided upon. Where the coffee maker or eating areas can actually hinder people working together. Maybe you have too many (or not enough) breakaway rooms. The game room could actually be seen as a bad thing depending on where you put it.
I could go on, but Guy’s words are worth reading about. Regardless of your building’s space requirements, you have options. Did you know that Zappos figured out that the more space we have to stretch out individually, the less we collaborate? They are actually making efforts to put teams closer together, forcing interaction.
Sound crazy? That’s your old mindset telling you that this is weird.
Take your team and shake up the room they sit in this week. Work for a day at a Panera Bread (or IHOP, I don’t judge). Ask someone new to lead the meeting. These little things can really help increase collaboration (and by proxy, engagement).
What will you try new this week?
Blog Post: Can You Design For Collaboration?
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I am not someone that can work all alone for very long. Blessed moments of solace can do wonders for your productivity, but we work better when we belong to a team. There are always extremes to every positive virtue we possess. An old boss wanted everyone to all sit in a room, looking an […]
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