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Jason Fried, 37signals and maximizing collaboration

Consumed => “Interview: Jason Fried (37signals) – Why work doesn’t happen at work” by Nora Young on Spark (Radio-Canada).

http://www.cbc.ca/spark/2011/03/full-interview-jason-fried-explains-why-work-doesnt-happen-at-work

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

I guess I caught this as a rebroadcast during the week between the holidays.

I know it’s somewhat after the fact. None the less a few things come to mind:

1) Not all meetings are bad. Whether in real-time or in slow time people need to exchange ideas and collaborate. The problem is, the process (i.e., meetings) has been misused and abused. And just as bad is the knee-jerk reaction against meetings. That’s not going to help either.

2) One of the highlights (for me) was his mentioning that their best practices for team building and collaboration starts at the front door. That is, they are selective about who they hire, why, and are very conscious of how that person will/won’t fit the current culture. Hiring simply based on experience and background is often shortsighted for small to mid-sized organizations.

3) Honestly, I saw somewhat shocked, if not disappointed, in the number of times he mentioned email as an acceptable collaboration tool. Much like meetings, emails has its place. On the other hand, in terms of productivity and facilitating the process of collaboration, I find email to be antiquated at best. It’s the internet equivalent of two tins cans and a string. There are better ways, yes?

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