How emerging technologies are influencing collaboration

Workplaces are changing because of trends like BYOD and gamification. But other emerging technologies are also altering not only what our work and space look like but also how we collaborate on that work. This piece delves into the different types of collaboration to provide a baseline of concepts. It then examines how emerging technologies like driverless cars, brain science, and 3D printers are being used to further collaboration in the near and far future. These advancements will not only support more and better types of collaboration in the workplace but will also impact where we work, what a workspace is, what we work on (literally), and how we share our work.…

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Understanding project management in the new era of work

Project management today is much different than it used to be, and three common issues often arise in the workplace now: complexity, linear working and poor project management. Avoiding these pitfalls leads to smoother processes, more-productive workers and, ultimately, better business practices. This piece analyzes how new tools and project management software are creating the solutions to make that possible.…

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Defining work in the digital age: an analysis by GigaOM Pro

The future of work is already here. It is just already distributed, one might say. The freelance economy, microtasking, mobile workers, coworking spaces, crowdsourcing: All of these point to how work is increasingly shifting from the twentieth-century model of Taylorism (think scientific management applied to labor processes such as assembly-line production and fixed workplaces) to a more flexible, hyperspecialized and connected workforce. This report examines the new world of work, from the devices and software services we use to the growing role of social media, the importance of a group-centric mentality and how the roles of employees, managers and organizations are evolving.…

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