This is the fifth in a series of posts on how I lead my team in avoiding email.
Note: This post is somewhat irrelevant since it was announed that development of Google Wave is being discontinued. It was a sad day when I read it was being canned since it was a powerful tool. None-the-less, here’s how we were using it.
Google Wave is very powerful for containing information around projects and on-going conversations.
When a project is at the idea stage, Wave is great for threading conversations and allowing for side conversations to spin-off inline. I love that it would walk me through the order in which comments were made. This saves a lot of time trying to piece together the flow of a conversation in your inbox.
It’s excellent for collaborating on documents. Instead of emailing revisions back and forth everything is right in the wave and edits can be made in real time. I wrote a report with multi-departmental team across four timezones using Wave.
I love Wave for capturing meeting minutes. Because of the real-time typing it makes it easy for everyone in a team meeting to edit or massage a record of what’s happening. Again, no need to email, everything is self contained right in the wave.
Attachments – so easy to embed right in a wave. It handles all sorts of media.
Widgets – one of the ways I’ve seen wave used best was when working with a global team to come up with a brand for a product. Wave allowed us to plugin widgets to enable voting. No need to piece together feedback from emails, the wave widget facilitated voted with a single click.
There are thousands of uses for wave that move people into much better collaboration than email. It was sad to see this product go.