Explore the transformative experience of the collaborative work environment.
The search for a competitive advantage through innovation and effective decision-making has led many organisations to highly value collaborative-oriented work and spaces.
The way to collaborate in an immersive way and to interact with each other is quite a challenge for businesses. Imagine a hardware and software system that creates a space where ideas are born, stimulated and developed. A place where the business reinvents itself within the collaborative work environment and is challenged to define its problems and finds answers to its questions.
Technology is the key feature of highly-used collaborative space, dedicated to a specific core team of cross-functional experts whose purpose is to rapidly complete one specific project. The concept was developed to support agile software development. Agile teams have been reported to produce stronger, higher quality results in a third of the time of conventional project methodologies, but they require a meeting room for the duration of a project. These core team members use the collaborative space as their primary work space for the lifespan of the project while extended team members come and go as needed. The room collects and displays information that describes project goals and objectives, typically posting storyboard processes and project progress on the walls so that all team members and customers can instantly engage in the work at hand. Teams hold regular meetings to discuss previous accomplishments and reset new goals.
In the meeting room the needs to work and communicate have changed over the years from simple audio visual device requirements to a collaborative work environment where immersive and connected technology contributes to productive and engaging meetings .
Organisations can lack insights into the true nature of collaboration, they end up copying the obvious characteristics of successful public spaces such as the café, market and the lounge. hoping that the positive social interactions within these spaces will translate to a business setting. By trying to better understand the distinction between purely functional (traditional spaces), specialty and extracurricular spaces, organisations could better support collaboration.
The collaborative work environment is to gain new perspectives and drive the business forward at a new pace and to work better, by sending content to multiple devices i/e tablets and back again to the multitouch table and/or wall.
Having the right technology avaiable for the collaborative work environment is a leading ingredient in the recipe for a successful collaborative space. Technology such as multitouch screens, tables and walls in conjunction with mobile devices must support people’s abilities to connect devices and to each other.
The technology should be adaptable, reliable and easy to use. Accessing these various technology platforms should not diminish the ability to meet, share info and interact.
Collaboration these days frequently involves displaying and interacting with visual data using handheld devices to large mounted screens, walls and whiteboards. This requires adaptability of furniture and work space and would be offering a more effective choice over space type being used and the flexibility of each client and employee within the space itself.
The types of collaborative spaces offered continue to evolve; the most rapidly growing categories support brainstorming, small unplanned meetings, videoconferencing and project team work.
In the future, the planning of group spaces should go beyond simply providing isolated pockets of collaboration space. The change is there to use the types of spaces offered, to create a broader sense of connection among employees, departments and even disciplines within the organisation. If the cohesiveness of the collaborative work environment were to improve, then it could lead to increased cooperation among groups, sense of community, and a sustainable competitive advantage.