Collaboration. Just a buzz word?

Collaboration is sometimes a buzz word that is thrown around all too often in the context of enabling productivity. Sometimes its thought of as being a passive activity that teams will instinctively do when given the right tools. But what does it really mean? And how can it be fostered?

Well, collaboration, for us, has at its core a few enabling factors; culture, communication & tools. One component cannot drive collaboration independently of the others and they must be neatly interwoven to best serve the project outcome.

We see culture as the driving force behind communication and tools as the means to enable it. Design environments that are accepting of failure, reward success, create common goals, define clear workflows, facilitate mentoring and encourage interaction and openness are often places where members desire connection with other peers and seek the bond of interpersonal work relationships.

Of course, creating such a work environment is easier said than done. Yet, at R-Communicator a critical enabler of such team culture is the real-time nature of communication and how, with the right tools helps propel productivity and collaboration forward. The real-time nature of interaction, back and forth, question and answer, anticipation, query and response, propelling the notion that we are all in this together, right now, at the same time working towards a common goal.

This is why we have created a platform that fosters conversation. And allows our users to effectively manage many design related real-time conversations in parallel. Each of these conversations is connected to any object in the shared model(s). So the conversation is not only real-time, but it also has the context of the each model element, its characteristics and associated issues.

In one view, members can see which team members are struggling and need support, who is late and why? The team can rally around members who need help and can control the outcome directly from inside Autodesk® Revit®. Why switch outside of Autodesk® Revit® to other productivity tools that provide much less design related context? The work is being done in Autodesk® Revit® and that’s where the focus should be.

Teams that gel well are an invaluable asset to the business. Those that do are a product of the team culture, and only tools that empower and unleash their natural propensity to interact, in our view, should be considered as an acceptable part of the tool chain..