Archive for the ‘Future Workspaces’ Category

Method: bias storm

The bias storm is a method we apply at the start of collaboration, when the people who have to collaborate come from different backgrounds, cultures or organizations. The method aims to get prejudices they might have about the other in the open. Talking about these prejudices helps to understand the other and clears the road […]

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Comparing tools for cross-organizational collaboration

Since one of our customers would like to experiment with close collaboration across organizational boundaries (discussing information), I am currently comparing a series of tools. The table below represents my findings from testing the different alternatives. The information in the row “User friendliness” is subjective: it indicates how easy I could find my way around […]

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Social media products

Based on our experiences with doing workshops to discuss the social media landscape and facilitating experiments to gain hands-on experience with these tools inside organizations, we are now developing three concrete FWS products around social media:

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Business Twitter 101

In her blogpost Twitter for Business FAQ, Meryl Evans discusses a range of questions people might have when starting with Twitter for business purposes. Unlike our focus on Twitter inside organizations, she focusses on using microblogging for communication with customers. Nevertheless, we see some similar questions pop up. For instance the question “Do you recommend […]

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Connecting Professionals with Social Media – Presentation

The Dutch architecture forum held a symposium on Web2.0 in the Enterprise. As part of the programme, I talked about our experiments with using Twitter to increase cohesion in business teams. Although we performed only two proper experiments, the evaluation questionaire and workshop yielded some interesting outcomes:

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Rabo Unplugged klantcase: gebruikte methodes

Tijdens de Rabo Unplugged klantcase zijn verschillende methoden toegepast. Hieronder staan de verschillende methoden op een rij, om een beeld te geven van onze aanpak.

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Focus! The call for singletasking

As we described in this blog post, one of the key challenges for modern knowledge workers is being in flow: reaching the mental state needed to get work done for which concentration is needed. This

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Is e-mail and document sharing not good enough?

In the current economic state of the world it is not easy to get organizations to experiment with innovative tools to support knowledge work. Very rightfully, they may ask: “So, why are our current tools – e-mail and file sharing on a network drive – not good enough?”. The challenge lies in explaining how innovative […]

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Evaluating the touch screen applications

Today was a day of evaluating the use of some of the applications we created: Buzzcuit and the two applications for the MS Surface table: the concept game and create & combine. These applications are currently all being tested at the Rabobank Utrecht. I sat down with my laptop a bit away from the gadgets, […]

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Communication is good, CommUnification is better

A bit of promotion for interesting research, also posted at the FutureWorkspaces.nl teamblog: CommUnification is a design concept conceived to address the In Sync and In Touch challenges faced by nomadic and highly mobile workers. The project is an initiative by User-System Interaction students at the Eindhoven University of Technology. It is based on interview […]

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