IBM Connect is the place to be when it comes to understanding all that’s happening in the world’s leading social business platform. There is a large exhibition center where the large services and application market for the Platform can be explored. Australian business partner, ISW is there as they have been for most years and are demonstrating something which I believe moves the paradigm of using Activities in Connections as a tool for managing projects to a whole new level.
If you follow my blog you’ll probably know that I have been an advocate for using Activities as a mechanism for managing the progress of your projects. Combining the tasks to be performed with the documentation you collect so that the activity is both a system of record and system of engagement is something which bridges the gap in many collaboration environments.
Walking around the exhibition space at Connect I spotted ISW’s Kudos Boards product which drives this paradigm forward in a whole new way. In IBM Connections, Activities are presented like a structured list of documents, tasks, and other information which can be grouped under headings:
Kudos Boards helps turn this concept on its head by presenting the contents of the Activity like a work-breakdown structure:
The major sections of your project are presented in columns with each of the tasks, entries, to-do’s and so on, shown below. To my eyes this is a huge leap forward for group and personal productivity and something which, if you are at Connect, I would strongly encourage you to go and check out at the ISW stand.
Have a look at it in action:
Disclosure: I am presenting this topic because I genuinely believe it will be of interest to the readers of this blog. I am not receiving or have received any compensation from the vendor or anyone else. Basically, I think it’s great and I’d encourage you to check it out.