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Have Project? Get Yammer

by Hal on April 20, 2009

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Do you want to collaborate? Really, collaborate? … I'm serious, can you see yourself asking your colleagues questions? Offering answers? Going back and forth, not sure of what might result? Yes? Are you sure?

Are you stuck? Really stuck? Get Yammer. C'mon, you're not really stuck? Yammer anyway!

Then get Yammer. Huh? That's right, Yammer. What is it?"

Do you ever have questions about the best way to proceed on your project? I do. Yammer. Do you want to know what others have done in your circumstances? Yammer. Are you stuck? Really stuck? Yammer. What? Huh? Yammer is a private channel for connecting people within a company. Think of it as 24-7 help for everyday work. Your work, and those who you care about.

Yammer is a pervasive channel for connecting those who need help with those who want to help.

Think of Yammer as a virtual "I got your back." In spite of our always-political company environment, Yammer is a way to break thru. No kiddin'! Our colleagues really do want to help us. It's in their best interest that our companies succeed. Do you want to help them? Sure you do. And so do others. Yammer is a pervasive channel for connecting those who need help with those who want to help. Yammer away!

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1 Sam Kidd April 21, 2009 at 7:06 am

I just came across Yammer myself in the last few weeks and we have been using it away in the office.
It’s like the twitter you actually need to use, now we are looking at integrating into our project management software, TeamworkPM.net.

It’s the one area I feel we have been missing in our product, the whole social interaction side. Yammer has been great for us asking questions and letting people in the office know what your working on. I have to say I’m turning into a big fan of Yammer it’s a great app, plus I have it on the iPhone and the desktop client. (which are both great)
Hopefully we will make progress soon with adding it in.

2 Dina Garfinkel April 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

I think the Yammer idea is excellent, as a way to connect people within a company and allow them to communicate privately. I think LiquidPlanner has taken this idea to the next level with a similar Twitter/Yammer type commenting feature within its project management system. I tried out Yammer a few months ago, but would have liked to have an easy way to associate a comment with a project or task. So, LiquidPlanner does that, you can post at many different levels within the project and team as a whole. I think it’s excellent the way these social media tools are becoming integrated into project management….I feel like we’ve come so far from the flat, isolated MS project.

3 Raven April 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I hadn’t heard of it before but will definitely look into. Sounds like a cool tool and I know you aren’t one to “yammer on” about the latest and greatest tool lightly. I’m already excited and I barely know what the tool IS. Awesome collaboration awaits!

BTW – love the new site! You added twitter feeds, looks great. I need to do that as well.

-Raven

4 Vitaliy Demur August 16, 2009 at 5:39 am

Hi All!
I think Yammer is a great product that has ability to improve communications and create transparency by virtually making company’s structure flat. I work for LADevelopers Inc. (http://www.ladevelopers.com) a California based software development firm. We specialize in custom Yammer solutions for enterprise and know this product inside out. Please contact us if you need any help with it.

5 Joel February 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

My company, Webucator (www.webucator.com) provides Project Management training and we use Yammer internally. Like any tool, it can have both positives and negatives. We found that it’s good to establish “how’s” and “why’s” to use Yammer versus other communication tools (IM, Email, Phone, etc.) But with the right context, I think Yammer can be useful. I think the potential for real-time collaboration with Yammer in terms of Project Management is huge. It’s quickly being adapted by many large companies (for instance, Discover Card is now in the process of implementing Yammer.) It will be interesting to see how these tools evolve and if we become overloaded with too many ways to communicate!

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