Open Thread: How Are Collaboration Tools Shaping Your Work?

I’m getting pretty excited about next month’s Net:Work conference; the lineup looks great. But one of the sessions I’m most looking forward to is Designing the Organization for Real-Time Collaboration, with John Hagel III and John Seely Brown of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, where we’ll be discussing how companies using collaboration tools are actually being reshaped by those tools.

We all use collaboration software in different ways, and the tools that we choose (or have chosen for us) will affect how we go about our work to some extent. I know that my workflows have changed quite a lot over the past few years, particularly as file and document sharing has got so much easier; I haven’t touched my FTP client in the last 12 months or so, for example. Perhaps more significantly, the tools I use to communicate have shifted, too, which has affected the way I communicate with my colleagues. Email and IM still dominate, but corporate social networking and microblogging tools have become much more important.

I thought it would be interesting to get the perspectives of the WWD readership on this topic: How are you using collaboration tools, and how have they shaped your work and your organization?

(If you haven’t secured your Net:Work ticket yet, there’s still time — register here!)

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