When Working Well With Others, It’s Important To Use The Right Tools

From time to time, us information technology consultants have to work together on stuff – web portals, web development, network security assessments, you name it. And it helps to have the right tools to ensure that collaboration is as seamless as possible.

IT people generally do cooperate well together. It may have something to do with a problem-solving mindset that just doesn’t allow for distractions like personality conflicts. We "play well with others" -- at least, other IT people (NOTE: this applies to internal office projects. IT consultants dealing with tech support personnel over the phone are another matter. Or maybe it’s just ME and tech support. No, it’s tech support generally.)

Lately, I’ve been checking out version control tools like Subversion or Git that might help me and my fellow PCIS colleagues work on upcoming projects either together, or just on my own. Even a few people working on a project, changing files or updating and occasionally forgetting to document the change, or keeping files on a bunch of different computers could cause issues in future, so it's good to be pro-active about these kinds of issues. So I’m looking into this to nip any such snafus in the bud.

The process of working on a web portal development project for a client is what actually got me started on this. The job is intended to provide better collaboration on work functions for our client, which has a number of remote locations. The client already had a Lotus Notes Intranet set up, but it turned out what they really needed was a web portal with web-based applications staff at the different offices could actually use, rather than just view.

Having the right tools to work together can be just as important as being able to play nice together.