Thursday, September 18, 2008

Eating my own 'dog food'!

So it's been about a year or so since I was dubbed the "Collaboration Architect" Well, in fact my title is Enterprise Architect - Collaboration.

At first I focused on creating technical roadmaps, alignment of business needs with the various Web Services and Tools which enable Collaboration. Then of late, I've had an epiphany...

In fact my role should be to enable the entire workforce and maybe the overall 'Community' which I support, to work better! Collaboratively! Leveraging Web2.0 technologies to help them do their jobs better, faster, funner (not a technical term!), more engaging, with more meaning... In short, what if 'work' as we know it today was able to be accomplished in ways that not only engage us at an individual but also at a 'community' level? That whole 'synergy' thing we used to hear about in the 90s? Altruistic? Maybe.... But a short scan of other blogs and articles on "Collaboration" it appears I'm not alone in this thought..

So heretofore, CollabArchitect is born! (applause please?!?!)

What will this blog attempt to accomplish? I'm not sure yet.. I have a few thoughts, I'd like it to be a single repository of various blogs, links, sites, tools, that help you in accomplishing 'Collaboration 2.0' (Thanks to David Coleman & Stewart Levin for the title/idea!)

Where does the 'dog food' come in? Well, for about a year, I've been pushing (ok, more like whining) my client to pursue Web 2.0 technologies to better accomplish their tasks. There is a growing number of evangelists among the crew. Some more outspoken than others. But a small cadre is there... Slowly, the rest of the 'community' is coming around. Still, some old school think and mainly, process is painfully present. Change is painful! But change we must!

I've spoken on the need and benefits of using 'Group Blogs' and wikis for better team coordination.. The use of social bookmarking, tagging, etc. But secretly, I've never personally sued them... Only a small set of tools, mainly those that I needed to use for my own purposes. instead, I'm taking the leap and beginning my personal blog on the Internet! voila! Eating my own dog food!

This blog will serve both as a way top capture my thought streams and hopefully, as a way for others to collaborate on trends and tools of the trade.

Your readership, feedback, and yes, even collaboration, will decide its value. I hope you'll find benefit from it as much as I...

Thanks for sharing with me on this journey! CollabArchitect


immunity said...

Welcome to the public blogosphere. I am so glad you are on twitter and now on blogger. I would really like to get some time and just spend some time talking.

We definitely need to sync up.

jjayj said...

I'll be eagerly awaiting more dog food. Good luck with the blog!

ben said...

Hi - I spidered my way here from Buzzable just now.
Such a pain trying to follow you on Twitter starting here! First the profile link goes in circles, then I copied and pasted it and got which, of course, is broken. Then which tells me to request because the tweets are protected. Then a "this page does not exist" error message!
gooood grief

anyhow, ... I more/less gave up after 4 or 5 yrs of comprehensive survey/journaling ... the coming to an end of a 30+yr project.
FWIW/FYI see ... it's about "participatory deliberation" as a decision support system, no?