We all know what a decision is; we make them all the time. The dictionary defines a decision as the “act or process of deciding” and as” reaching a determination after consideration.” In addition, the term decision can be defined as a “report or statement after the fact.” In the case of human decisions, we can extend the definition to include references to the cognitive processes that result in the selection of some course of action. Understanding that a decision is a cognitive process leading to an event, and how that process functions opens up a more in-depth examination of the question – What is a decision? Continue reading What is a Decision?
Crowdsourcing can open up tasks to a wide variety of people who can help contribute and collaborate in meaningful ways, though as powerful a tool as crowdsourcing can be, there are downsides. The very things that contribute to the potential of crowdsourcing, such as the lack of specific direction, the openness of the process, and the variety of results, can become significant weaknesses. This post will examine several crowdsourcing deficiencies, including the lack of structure, reliability of the results, and difficulty scaling to complex projects. Continue reading Crowdsourcing Isn’t Perfect
There are a number of ways to channel the power of crowdsourcing to solve or assist in projects. Whether it is funding, editing code, or providing traffic data, the crowd can contribute to a process and improve the results. Companies like Kickstarter, Github, and Waze are prime examples of the successful implementation of crowd sourcing. These companies are capitalizing on the phenomenon of crowdsourcing and demonstrate the right way to tap into the “wisdom of the crowd.” Continue reading Crowdsourcing Done Right
The proliferation of computer resources, increased user access, and the high integration of information in everyday life allows more and more people to tap into the potential of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is defined as the practice of obtaining services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, especially the online community. In this blog post, we go over the fundamentals of crowdsourcing, such as its contemporary meaning, reasons for use, and the various forms of crowdsourcing.
We have been discussing communities and collaboration, and while the benefits of communities and collaboration are similar, successful collaboration provides a specific set of advantages. The benefits of collaboration include working as a group, leveraging combined resources, accelerating innovation, and creating constructive relationships. Continue reading Collaboration Provides a Variety of Benefits
Collaboration in both business and personal life can be essential to achieving shared goals. Promoting a collaborative environment is an indispensable process that starts with ensuring team member awareness of various roles, responsibilities, and goals. When team members are aware of their roles and the group’s objectives, motivation for effective collaboration becomes clear. The well-informed team, prepared to collaborate, must then have access to resources. Ensuring group awareness, access to resources, and the utilization of a range of collaborative work methods can streamline and facilitate collaboration.
Collaboration is a term that is often used, but not well understood. Definitions of collaboration invoke a number of different concepts, such as cooperation, coordination, and teamwork. As we will point out, these are not complete or equivalent descriptions of collaboration. So, what do we mean when discussing collaboration? In this post, we define collaboration as discrete, objective oriented, and an extension of human behavior. Continue reading Defining Collaboration
Involvement in a community naturally brings many benefits to group members. The benefits of being in the community drive member involvement, creating a positive collaborative effect for the group as a whole. Though distinguishing the nuanced benefits of each community is not easy, there are several advantages to being involved, like access to knowledge, fulfillment of basic social needs, and collaborative efficiency. Continue reading The Benefits of Community Involvement
Growing a community creates challenges. First, a community must find a reason to expand. Not every community will want or need the growth. Second, growing a community requires reaching out beyond core users to attract diverse members, but this could cause a group to deviate from its original goals. Lastly, creating growth itself isn’t the only issue. The group must have a plan and ability to maintain itself once it has grown to a sustainable size. Continue reading The Challenges of a Growing Community