Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried of 37Signals presented a talk at Ted this October, explaining why so little work is actually done at work:

A few Take-aways:

  • Cancel meetings – and see if work still gets done
  • Institute a No-Talk Thursday – nobody can talk to each other
  • Rely more on IM, email, and other non-interactive means to communicate to each other

This may be a good time to plug a 37Signals product called Campfire. It enables co-workers to be available for chat, but not miss anything when they’re not in the chat. It’s also a better solution than IM, since it allows easily for 3- or 4-way chats. Last but not least, you don’t need to install every IM client in the world to be available – all you need is a browser.

Google Wave gadgets get second chance in Shared Spaces

Google Wave is scheduled to be closed at the end of this month. Luckily, there is a place to go for all the gadgets that were written for Wave – and it’s not gadget hell, but Shared Spaces.

Shared Spaces is a Google Labs product, and instead of centering around the conversation like Google Wave, Shared Spaces is more centered around a particular gadget. You can create a space around a map to collaboratively plan a trip, or around a mind map gadget to brainstorm about an idea.

The slideshow below shows a little about Google’s idea of a shared space:

It looks like Shared Space uses Google Buzz in the background. I’m also not sure if it’s possible to make Shared Spaces invite-only, or that anyone who guesses the URL can participate. I’ll let you know more once I’ve played a little more with it.