Three ingredients have to come together for moving towards any business or professional goal. Collaborators, Content and Context. At Tataatsu we call these the Three Pillars of Collaboration.
Think of this as a simple heuristic to help plan initiatives and evaluate tools for collaboration in your organization. Context might be the odd one, Content and Collaborators should be familiar to most. So let us begin with Context.
Context – Third Pillar
What is the context of this email? Which project is it tied to? To which project/document does this review comment belong? I have interacted with this colleague before but in which context? For this project, where do I see all related conversations?
Context is that which makes content and collaborators effective. Without the right context you only have an unproductive gathering of collaborators and content debating the merits of cat videos. Or even worse, mailing each other for status checks or search through Inbox for updates. The right people, the right content, brought together under the right context is key for effective progress.