Enterprise Collaboration Techfest (ECTF16) was in Melbourne on February 29 and March 1 2016. The lineup included a number of my favourite international thinkers in the enterprise social and intranet space, so I was very pleased to be able to attend and absorb fascinating case studies and new ideas.
The high level themes that had a thread through many of the presentations and give me focus for my own work:
- Collaboration is about people
- Technology won’t solve people problems
- Culture eats technology (and strategy) for breakfast
- The physical environment still plays a part in the digital workplace
What I personally take away from this is a reminder about design needing to be people focussed, and an action to be less focussed on the tool and more focussed on behavioural aspects. Instead of dropping a new toy in their laps. What are we trying to help or change for people?
Here is a selection of my favourite concepts from individual presenters throughout the conference:
- Collaboration is a human activity. The collaboration paradox is “the more tools we have the less connected we seem” – Dion Hinchcliffe
- Are new tools needed? Focus on people and leverage existing tools. – Robyn Randell
- Without the why (of collaboration) we’re just like chickens fighting in the dark – Silvia Damiano
- 3 types of use cases to show the benefits of collaboration: wide, deep and replicable. – Sharon O’Dea
- Think of it as a ‘Digital Headquarters’, but don’t forget the physical counterpart. Both are important. – Paul Miller
- The group is smarter as long as everyone is contributing. – Sean Halloran
See more detail from a selection of presentations in my sketchnotes below.
More perspectives on ECTF16:
- Enterprise Collaboration TechFest Review – Intranetizen
- Summary of Enterprise Collaboration TechFest – Michelle Ockers
- Blab with Michelle Ockers and Sharon O’Dea discussing what came out of ECTF16
To add to the reading list:
- The Digital Renaissance of Work – Paul Miller
- Social Business by Design – Dion Hinchcliffe, Peter Kim
- Working Out Loud – John Stepper