The Nature of Collaboration

The way we communicate and collaborate in our work environments is going through a shift. Remote working has become a new norm with many companies offering employees the opportunity to work remotely part-time or in many cases full-time. There are entire organizations that are thriving with 100% remote workforce.

In this talk, Kathryn will discuss whether real relationships be fostered remotely and whether the nature of those relationships are different from those developed in a co-location environment. She’ll talk about whether tools can really mitigate some of the isolation that some workers feel when working remotely using examples from Kathryn’s work at Cisco on the Collaboration UX Research team. Kathryn will cover about her own experience of working remotely from her home in Dublin, Ireland with a team based in San Jose, California as well as colleagues across Europe. She is particularly interested in seeing what we can learn from how collaboration and community building happens in nature and how those communities start, grow and adapt.

Key takeaways

  • What is important in fostering relationships with remote teams
  • How can we make meeting and collaborating with distributed teams feel more like a 1:1 experience
  • How we can apply the study of higher-level behaviour in nature to the design of online communication and collaboration systems.

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Location: Grand 1/2 Date: March 3, 2020 Time: 9:10 am - 9:50 am photo of Kathryn Parkes

Kathryn Parkes

Cisco