In my years of IT Management for a global company, I have found that effective collaboration is hard to come by. Meetings are boring, communicating through e-mail is difficult and it is all too easy to get side tracked. Instant messaging is no better and video conferencing is no substitute for face to face meetings.
Most of the time, people just want to be on their phones. Playing games, spending time on Facebook, or Tweeting. It’s a new world and traditional methods of collaborating have been made ineffective.
These days most everyone has or knows how to use a smart phone. I collaborate and socialize with people all over the world via my iPhone and I have found it to be an indispensable tool for communicating and getting tasks done.
The group chat function in my cell phone is the best tool for sharing ideas and keeping everyone in the loop on projects. You can even share photos and links.
If you do decide to use mobile phones as a tool for collaborating be sure to password protect the device in the event of theft or loss.