Organising your team


Your first task in this module is a team based one. Creative collaboration is fundamental to enterprise and indeed to most things that we do. Increasingly that collaboration is between busy people involved in a range of different projects who find attending meetings at the same time tricky, possibly because the team is national or international in scope. So we need systems to help us stay organised.

It is vital that you get used to using tools that enable you to collaborate with people worldwide.

There’s a lot you can do with just with email and Skype. Google+ and Google Apps is another way of getting a team focused on their collaboration. Basecamp is a heavy duty project organiser:  “a place to share files, have discussions, collaborate on documents, assign tasks, and check due dates.” Design and production companies will use Basecamp or similar systems. Not only are they great for team collaboration, but they allow a degree of client involvement too. All in all, great project organising tools. But expensive.

On this project I will look for evidence that your team has some sort of system in place. It doesn’t have to be online, but getting used to these tools is vital for your employability and future enterprise. There are some good free tools around and I recommend you try at least one of them. When we started organising our global design jams we used Trello (see screen grab above). It enables us to upload documents to one place, sort to-do lists, leave messages, and keep on track of things. I personally use Todoist for day-to-day self-manangement, and this offers collaborative capability too, as does Wunderlist.

Get used to using Slack, if you can. I use it for projects – it’s highly flexible and free.