Did you know that Web 2.0 is not just for business promotion and catching up with the outside world? Many teams are using Web 2.0, social media platforms and other internal applications as a means of creating more team engagement today than ever before. An article on Entrepreneur brought this to light, stating, “These so-called Web 2.0 tools can help centralize activities within a company and foster collaboration among inter-departmental groups.”
With the emergence of social aspects of team member engagement taking place, teams are utilizing such popular places as Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Google Talk, and inter-departmental forums to get more done by collaboration. This is especially true since many teams are spread out over several continents, cultural and time zones, when traditional forms of communication can easily break down.
Web 2.0 applications allow for live and secure transmittal of information and resources, making this the ideal way for teams to get work done. Teams can easily share information in many formats, using secure networks to transmit data and project information. Additionally, internal websites can be used to generate reports and see progress on team based projects.
In today’s teamwork environments, individuals are encouraged to find better and more efficient ways of self-managing. This brings a higher degree of responsibility to all team projects, something that can increase productivity. It is also vital in a Web 2.0 environment to use frequent communication to ensure all team members are on the same page. In light of how many people are required to make a project work, this is another positive aspect of the Web 2.0 model of project collaboration.
To start using a Web 2.0 platform for your team projects, consider the many available options before choosing the best system. Web based project management systems exist that include social media integration. Some social media systems can be used as a standalone for project communications, such as Twitter and GTalk. Others can be added to internal company websites for seamless use for logged in team members.
As we move into the coming decade, teams will continue to find Web 2.0 to be a highly productive way to communicate and collaborate on projects. That’s why it will be important to be a better communicator by learning from Dale Carnegie.