Collaboration has reached keyword status in many offices today. More and more companies plan to overcome the stagnant knowledge silos in the various departments and increase innovation and productivity.
Atlassian, the software company for productivity and collaboration software, today gave an overview of the “open work” created directly from their own desktop game book. Open work is an extension of the ideology anchored in a Devops approach, but goes beyond “development” and “operations” teams to encompass the entire organization.
At the Atlassian Summit 2018 in Barcelona, Jay Simons, President of Atlassian, explained why the need for open work practices is stronger than ever.
“Whole sectors are affected by digital glitches,” he said. “The world around us is changing too fast to be a fluid and open teamwork that reminds many of us that we are coming from a closed world to an open world.”
“The sum of our ambitions can only be achieved through open cooperation and the dismantling of silos,” he said, adding that closed systems do not prevent progress, but make it slower and more complex.
Through a comprehensive enterprise and productivity survey, the company has identified a number of key concepts that determine the open work in their own offices and can be used individually, according to team and organization. The first is the “shared context” – “when teams share information, ideas and opinions in an organic way,” said At Atian’s talent manager Bek At Che.
This can sometimes be a challenge. “Being open means you have to be vulnerable, you have to have the power to resist the judgment of others,” Chee said.
But what does it mean to kiss in practice? One way to foster the shared context at an individual level is to encourage new employees to post personal information about them in a blog post that will be filled in the first few weeks after they start.
“We ask people to find out who they are, how they work and what’s important to them,” Chee said.
The benefits are threefold: they enable colleagues to learn more about their new colleague and arm them with great icebreakers to have conversations. the team learns from their previous work experience and thus from their fields of expertise; and finally, it encourages the new member of the team to be relaxed in their identity at work.
“We encourage you to be honest,” said Chee, explaining that the company’s research shows that such practices strengthen trust in the team and increase efficiency.
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