Self-herding Cats

From Michael Helfrich’s weblog: Technology Confined Collaboration?

Collaboration is about people. Collaboration needs technology frameworks that support adaptive, ad hoc interactions. Adaptive from the sense of extending functionality on the fly and securely embracing new members on the fly. Simply put, it’s the swarming culture fused with adaptive technology.

Good article from a Groove VP. It reminds me of the famous commercial for a consulting firm that featured cowboys herding thousands of cats across the plains. The joke there is that cats are independent minded beings and are not very receptive to centralized herding control. The other joke is that the consulting firm claimed they could do the herding for you.

Decentralized collaborative software such as Groove and weblogs allow knowledge worker cats to do their own herding. They really won’t be herded any other way.

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