Something as collaborating on a simple document or spreadsheet is commonly overlooked by many would-be project managers. This simple tool, offered by many collaborative services/tools/etc can help communication project wide and keep focus on the topic or document at hand without the distraction from other media or messages. What are those distractions you ask? Have you been involved or continue to use e-mail as a means of project collaboration.
Do you remember the frustration you go through as you scroll down endless threads from different collaborators who discuss other points of interest besides the subject on the e-mail header?
One simple and cost effective (FREE) document collaboration tool is offered by Google Docs. Yes, most of us are familiar with Google Documents, but recently they have added some cool new features to help improve collaboration on your documents and spreadsheets — for both real-time and after-hours collaboration.
Google Docs has many other features that you should take the time to explore as well. Simple solutions and streamlined communications is what makes projects easily managed. E-mails should be for E-mails. Streamline communication by utilizing collaborative tools!