Managing projects across teams and across various different locations can be really tricky. Teams that tackle these issues successfully tend to be well administered, flexible and follow a set of protocols or procedures to manage the flood of information. Unfortunately, most teams thrown to work together, cross country, cross company or even just seated in different buildings don’t have that luxury. Any tool that can make that collaborative process a tad easier goes a long way.
While Google Wave could have been some ways ahead of its time for the masses, it was a powerful tool. Back when I used to manage teams across the region, tools to handle document sharing, concurrent access and the ability to drill down into details, and then step back to get a birds eye view on the project hardly existed. Google Wave really helped to solve many of these issues though sadly it did not stay around. While “Wave in a box” housed under the Apache Foundation kept Wave alive, I’m excited that Rizzoma is launching their version of a hosted Wave solution. I’ve not quite had a chance to give it a full test run yet but for my friends out there who are a wee more experimental check it out at http://rizzoma.com