The value of collaboration

SocialFish

John Stepper has an awesome series of posts about the value of collaboration, which I wanted to point you to if you haven’t seen it. The Value of Collaboration #1: Reducing internal service costs. IT and HR teams are already doing most of this this work.

Google Docs in Plain English

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This one (above) is about Google Docs. Laura Quinn write s about her impressions using Google Docs for collaboration. Michele Martin has an excellent post detailing a suite of online tools for collaborative or team blogging projects which also makes use of google docs I discovered a new blog today called "Tools, Thoughts and Things." " and a long and thoughtful post called Village Green VS Walled Garden.

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5 Essential Tech Tools for Virtual Teams

Idealware

There are a lot of benefits to virtual teams—you’re not constrained by geography and staff members have a lot more flexibility. It can be difficult to collaborate, interpret communication, build trust among team members, and more. Document Collaboration. Ideally you want collaborative editing that lets you see the edits as they are happening. Our team tends toward the introverted end of the spectrum, so we get more participation this way. Collaboration

Nonprofits Live Recap: Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

The October edition of Nonprofits Live examined the topic of online collaboration. Online collaborating requires an extra dose of the same skills we use when we collaborate in person and a number of tools to bridge the physical distance between collaborators.

Create, Edit, Share Docs Online with Free Microsoft Office Apps

Wild Apricot

You’re keen to collaborate online, but other members of your nonprofit team are dragging their heels? If they're simply leery of learning to use new software, the new (free) Office Web Apps from Microsoft may help you get past that collaboration roadblock.( Tags: Non-profit technology nptech office collaboration Microsoft online storage project management PowerPoint application

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Reduce Travel with Online Collaboration

Tech Soup Blog

This updated blog post from the campaign explores some ways to increase online collaboration and also reduce travel and work efficiency. Online collaboration is one of these generic terms that seems to lose meaning the more people use it. Why Is Online Collaboration Green? The environmental impact of working collaboratively online is to reduce travel. Cloud Services for Collaborating. Online Collaboration NPLive Recap. Collaboration Tools Chart.

Nonprofits Live: Collaborative Storytelling Recap

Tech Soup Blog

kicked off with a special edition of Nonprofits Live on the topic of collaborative storytelling. Collaborative storytelling refers to working with a team, sometimes distributed, to produce video. Starting a Collaborative Project. Some production teams will use storyboarding, but a production grid is helpful for teams that don't have illustrative or design skills. Building a Team. Working with Remote Collaborators.

Tech Across Your Org: Social Media Collaboration Across the NYC Elder Abuse Center

NTEN

Read the complete issue on "Collaboration" when you subscribe to the journal for free! ] Established in 2008 as a collaborative response to the growing number of complex elder abuse cases in NYC, the NYC Elder Abuse Center helps professionals, organizations, and systems prevent elder abuse and improve their response to it. Risa sums up the value of a collaborative approach: "Our staff conversations about ways to utilize social media are creative and energizing.

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Smartsheet: Frustrated with online project management no longer

Judi Sohn

Right around the time I started at KELL Partners last year, I helped our team implement Smartsheet as our main tool for keeping track of timelines, requirements and deliverables with clients and internal projects. Right now we have 389 active sheets in our Team account.

Google Wave: “what might email look like if we invented it today”

Idealware

If you are Lars and Jens Rasmussen, the core developers behind Google Maps, you apply yourself to a different way of thinking about collaboration and communication over the Internet. Some things get a bit closer to real time collaboration.

Tools I use: basic workflow

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

It is an awesome web-based password management tool for teams. I love the collaboration features. And, like all consultants, workflow involves documents and spreadsheets, and for that I mostly use LibreOffice , although sometimes using Google Docs makes sense for collaboration.

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Are you designing for findability?

SocialFish

Whoe LOC team helps add metadata to online docs #uxredux. Jill MacNeice – Design for Findability: metadata, metrics and collaboration on LOC.gov.

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Cloud Computing for Small Nonprofits: Lessons Learned from 5 Years in the Cloud

NTEN

There's a tiny fine line between collaboration and distraction. Collaborative web applications that have to be loaded separately in their own environment with separate login credentials have been extremely difficult to adopt. When we first rolled out Google Apps in early 2008 I had visions of a Microsoft Word burning party as everyone embraced Google Docs. If someone prefers to create a Word file rather than a Google Doc, that's fine.

Cloud Computing for Small Nonprofits: Lessons Learned from 5 Years in the Cloud

NTEN

There's a tiny fine line between collaboration and distraction. Collaborative web applications that have to be loaded separately in their own environment with separate login credentials have been extremely difficult to adopt. When we first rolled out Google Apps in early 2008 I had visions of a Microsoft Word burning party as everyone embraced Google Docs. If someone prefers to create a Word file rather than a Google Doc, that's fine.

July Is Web Conferencing Month

Tech Soup Blog

Web conferencing excels where rich collaboration and close interaction are needed and teams are dispersed. Audio, video, application, and screen sharing (jpg, ppt, pdf, flash, mp3, doc). Don't forget – this month only, you can upgrade your remote collaboration with BetterWorld Telecom's nonprofit pricing for Adobe Connect and audio conferencing for 19.9 This post was authored by Salem Kimble, social media development manager with BetterWorld Telecom.

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Internet Strategy in a World of Ubiquitous Tools: Sometimes You Just Gotta Launch and Learn

Influence

has been countered by " agile development ," wherein the team works on incremental pieces of a project with a general roadmap but no "done" point. Nowhere is this truer than in the online collaboration space. In cases where an organization wants to engage in collaboration online but doesn't know exactly how, they could certainly evaluate the options and do a detailed software selection to find the "right" solution.

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Intenet strategy in a world of ubiquitous tools - sometimes you just gotta launch and learn

Influence

has been countered by " agile development ," wherein the team works on incremental pieces of a project with a general roadmap but no "done" point. Nowhere is this truer than in the online collaboration space. In cases where an organization wants to engage in collaboration online but doesn't know exactly how, they could certainly evaluate the options and do a detailed software selection to find the "right" solution.

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New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Cross disciplinary teams. Use virtual tools to manage campaign internally (Yammer, Google Docs, Listening Dashboards, Private Facebook Groups, etc). The book suggests that the most effective method is to have a dedicated digital team that is a spread across different departments.

The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Chances are you probably already do this with Yahoo Mail or Google Docs or Flickr or Salesforce or Twitter or Facebook. In cities across America, Canada, Europe, the UK and South America, local networks of techies, marketers, project managers, storytellers, and others got together, identified problems and projects, shared those ideas across the network with other camps, assigned teams, built prototypes, shared and tested and launched several applications.

The Social Sector Cloud

NTEN

Chances are you probably already do this with Yahoo Mail or Google Docs or Flickr or Salesforce or Twitter or Facebook. In cities across America, Canada, Europe, the UK and South America, local networks of techies, marketers, project managers, storytellers, and others got together, identified problems and projects, shared those ideas across the network with other camps, assigned teams, built prototypes, shared and tested and launched several applications.

Association Social Media: ASAE

SocialFish

3) Can you describe the internal collaboration workflow with other areas of the association (e.g. are you part of a team that meets on a regular basis)?

5 Apps Doing Good for the World

Frogloop

This week I found apps that will help your collaborate, communicate well, and stay safe and fit! If your in that camp it’s likely you are using Google Drive, Google’s document collaboration tool and its replacement for Google Docs. This new dedicated app for Google Drive will allow you to edit your Google Docs offline for the first time. Score one for team collaboration!

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5 Apps Doing Good for the World

Frogloop

This week I found apps that will help your collaborate, communicate well, and stay safe and fit! If your in that camp it’s likely you are using Google Drive, Google’s document collaboration tool and its replacement for Google Docs. This new dedicated app for Google Drive will allow you to edit your Google Docs offline for the first time. Score one for team collaboration!

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Cloud Computing Tweet Chat Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Many participants agreed that sharing documents in the cloud over services like Google Docs simplifies working together: you can access your documents from anywhere and don't need to worry about the headaches that can arise from sending documents back and forth via email.

Creating a Community Resource Guide for Visitacion Valley

Tech Soup Blog

So when I heard about a collaborative project between nonprofits, city agencies, and the local library happening in my own backyard (almost literally!), I spoke with Curt Yagi, the executive director of ROCK, about how the guide came about and the collaborative work that went into it.

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Association Social Media: National Society of Accountants

SocialFish

3) Can you describe the internal collaboration workflow with other areas of the association (e.g. are you part of a team that meets on a regular basis)?

4 Ways Nonprofits Can Benefit from the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

All Day, Anywhere Collaboration. Those who work within a nonprofit can benefit from the numerous team collaboration tools, including calendars, video chat, file sharing, and so on. For example, staff can manage vendors via Google Docs or create questionnaires via SurveyMonkey.

10NTC: Don't Be Afraid of Low-Tech Communication

Tech Soup Blog

Working With a Virtual Team. Ian and company had even set up a Google Doc where the audience could post their notes on the panel as it was taking place. But with the fun of introducing the tech goodies out of the way, Ian began by explicitly laying out that the session wouldn't focus on online collaboration and communications tools. Because when thinking about how to work more strategically with a remote team, tools shouldn't be the first concern on your list.

The 2014 NTEN Award: Jason Shim

NTEN

Before 13NTC, he teamed up with Jason Samuels to set up all of the collaborative note-taking docs for the breakout sessions at the conference.

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Resource Roundup 5/31 | Idealware

Idealware

7 Ways to Send HUGE Files (Mashable) A roundup of methods that let you send files of more than 500MB (as well as more rationally large files, presumably) Using Partimage to Clone Hard Disks (pittman.ws) A detailed how-to on replicating (ghosting) hard drives with Partimage, an open source alternative to Norton Ghost Google and Salesforce Team Up (Tate Hausman) Rumor has it that Google and Salesforce are teaming up to create an integrated tool suite.

The Best Productivity Tools (Part 2): Favorites Revealed

Tech Soup Blog

Microsoft Teams is quite good in terms of stability and video chat. InVision and Marvel are prototyping tools in which you can have many people contribute and leave comments, like Google Docs for design.

Google Acquires Writely Developer Upstartle

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

And if you still doubted it, the byline on the Google Blog entry of the same date is pretty explicit: Jen Mazzon, one of the four Writely founders, is blogging as part of the Google Writely Team! Most important, I think, is its collaboration model that let's you pick which individual users can share each document, creating a level of flexible security difficult to implement on your Windows LAN. And the docs can be uploaded from, or downloaded to, your desktop.

Evaluating Wikis

Idealware

Wikis are convenient collaborative editing platforms that remove a lot of the legacy awkwardness that traditional editing software brings to writing for the web. Collaborative authoring is another natural use, illustrated beautifully by the Floss Manuals project. Google Docs , with it's revision history feature, may look more like a Word processor, but it's a Wiki at heart.

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Can Nonprofit Organizations Work More Like Clouds? How?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The illustration above comes from a book by Rob Cross called " Driving Results Through Social Networks " which is about how to leverage informal networks within your organization or cross-organizational teams. We use google docs, chat, spreadsheets etc.

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Basecamp and Project Managment

Idealware

It is quite common when we start a new project, that someone from the team involved will have used it and know their way around it. Interestingly, the 37Signals tagline expands to “Basecamp is the smarter, easier, more elegant way to collaborate on your internal and client projects.” Facilitating collaboration is definitely Basecamp's strength. Somewhat different: the collaborative note pages (“writeboards”) use a wiki like mark-up language.

10 things I like about Balsamiq

Idealware

If so, then Balsamiq can replace simple or complex html tools, Gliffy (another passion), Visio, Word/Excel/Powerpoint, Google docs, Access forms, pen and notebook (love that too). Collaborative: Even the off-line desktop version has a team orientation, by allowing you to send and receive diagrams from team members as XML files. Cross platform: Runs on Windows, Mac OS and Linux desktops and as an add-in to some higher-end collaborative tools.

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Intranets, Yammer, and Other Web 2.0 Tools for Staff Communication

Museum 2.0

Do you have no idea what's going on beyond your department or team except when an annoying all-staff email announces locker cleanup this Friday? You don't need everyone to sign up to start using Yammer--you can start with a small team or a few interested staff members.

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Crazy for the Tools

NTEN

My weeks are all about writing, communicating with clients, staying in touch with project teams, being able to touch lightly many things, bear down and provide assistance on a few, all while keeping tons of things secure and backed-up. This may be you, or a bit of you; I'm often collaborating with folks, including other staff here at Database Designs, who slice up the tool pie differently. Dropbox also has essential team collaboration built in.

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Resource Roundup 3/22 | Idealware

Idealware

ICT tools to support collaborative working ( ICT Hub) A fabulous guide to different software tools for collaboration and their pros and cons in various environments. Its a two part series - in Part 1, they discuss the pros and cons of web-based tools for these applications, while in Part 2 they discuss a number of specific products, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Plaxo , ThinkFree , Zoho , Google Docs, and Google Spreadsheet.

Wikis: What, When, Why

Museum 2.0

While there are some criticisms of its consensus-based model for information-vetting, there's no doubt of its success as a collaborative knowledge-creation project. Wikis are useful when a distributed team is designing a project together or managing a changing set of projects.

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#NTCFail: When Things Don't Go as Planned (or Your Plan Stinks)

NTEN

Anna did a great job trying to cut across those silos, holding weekly project meetings, pulling staff together for smaller consultations, using collaborative docs and projects plans, etc. It was really hard to focus completely on the show with both of them on our minds, but I was so impressed with the way that our team pulled together to fill the gaps and make things work so that their coworkers could focus on what really mattered. We're big on values around here.

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Case Study: Moving to Google Apps

NTEN

Annika Billqvist, Office and Technology Manager, HandsOn Bay Area When I started at HandsOn Bay Area in 2006, the organization didn’t have a long-term technology plan in place and used many different systems for communication, collaboration, and data storage. The first step was to create and present a proposal for the management team and get an approval. Most of the staff were used to Gmail and familiar with email, calendar, and docs services.

NpTech Tag Summary: Face-to-Face or Mediated Experience, Open Source Software Communities, and Blog Days

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michele Martin has a very useful post about how to use a set of 3 tools to support a group or collaborative blog. Many organizations may not have capacity for one person to be the sole blogger and many times the way into an organizational blog is a team of writers.