The use of modern information technologies and telecommunication systems facilitate the interaction between people and their collaboration. In this respect, I can refer to my personal experience of using Whiteboard as a tool, which I used to work on a project. The project was planning of a charity event and involved another person located in a different city, who have already had the experience of the organization of a charity. I decided to involve this person into the work on my plan because I believed that his experience could be useful and make my plan of the charity even reliable and successful.
Our collaboration was effective due to the use of Whiteboard. As the matter of fact, the Whiteboard was easy to use and it was just user-friendly. I have not experienced any technical problems, while using Whiteboard. In the course of our collaboration, we could exchange ideas and introduce changes in the plan any time we liked. For instance, at first I described in details my vision of a charity event and suggested my ideas concerning its implementation (Howard, 2000). The person I collaborated with red and analyzed my ideas and suggested certain improvements to be made. After that I elaborated the plan of the charity event and my co-author revised it. Finally, we made up the final version of the plan of the charity event. In this regard, recommendations and suggestions made by my co-author was quite useful because he was more experienced in organization of charity events and he helped me to avoid problems he have already stumbled through, while working on other projects of charity events. Our close cooperation was quite successful and I would hardly be able to collaborate with my co-author if we had to communicate face-to-face. In fact, I believe, we just could not have enough time to coordinate our work, revise our plan and elaborate its final version.
However, we could not always contact each other, if either of us was not online. At first glance, it was a problem but I knew that my co-author will look through my ideas and suggestions for sure because we do it on the regular basis day after day as we worked on the project. If we needed to communicate directly, online, we just could agree the time we are online and we could collaborate as if we were together. At the same time, I had access to a large amount of information and data, which I could use, while working on the project. In fact, I could hardly use as much information in case of face to face communication.
Furthermore, we could save our project and change it any time we liked. For instance, we exchanged our ideas and suggestions concerning the plan of the charity event (Peters, 2002). In fact, it was very important because we could look back into any stage of our work on the project and, if we needed to introduce some changes we made them, or, alternatively, we could return to the original version of the plan. In such a way, we could work on the plan of the charity event picking up the best ideas and suggestions we have made while working on the project.
In such a way, we could compare different versions of the plan and come to agreement on the final plan of the charity event. In fact, the final plan of the charity event was the compilation of our ideas, which we have made in the course of our collaboration on the project (Breneman & Taylor, 1996). We could revise the final plan together and make essential changes, if each point of the plan met our vision of the charity event. We had enough time to consider over arguable points and to find a compromise to make our plan really effective and meeting our expectations and vision of the charity event.
Therefore, the use of whiteboard is effective and useful, especially if users have to communicate with each other being remote from each other. In fact, Whiteboard has proved to be an effective tool, which I used for collaboration with an experienced person and which helped to develop a plan of the charity event. In fact, I could hardly do so much work on my own or if I had to collaborate with someone and communicate with him or her on face to face basis. As a result, the use of Whiteboard saved my time and allowed me to elaborate the plan of the charity event, which I do like and which I believe to be good. In fact, I believe that the use of Whiteboard and similar tools is very effective in the modern world.
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