I’m currently working in a situation where most of the team is in India. This curiously puts me in the position of being a “remote worker” even though I have a regular office in our business’s office building.
As a result I’ve developed a fascination with online collaboration tools. I have become more and more convinced that getting successful adoption will be key if I’m to continue to succeed working on my current project.
I’ve lamented quite a bit that the tools available to us are somewhat restricted. But I’ve moved ahead and after getting agreement from the team to start using some the new tools. So now we’re working with a patch work of tools that should provide reasonably useful minimal functionality, but it’s slowly becoming apparent to me that it’s not going to work because every one else but me has very little motivation to use the tools as they are all collocated.
There are other issues as well, we’re pretty conservative as an organization, with good reason in many cases. But I feel like its set up abnormally high barriers to trying anything new. The business climate in our market is rapidly changing and failure-to-adapt looks as likely to kill us as anything else (in my opinion).
In the meantime I’m pursuing what John Seely Brown calls the “Tom Sawyer’ing” approach. “Hey everybody, look how much fun whitewashing this fence is”. Based on where the project is now I’m going to have to slog along for awhile yet, about 3 months, to get read on whether or not this is going to work.
Well even if it doesn’t work I’ll have a nice looking fence.