Using Web 2.0 to Team Build
January 12, 2009 2 Comments
What started as a “you don’t know who The Who is?!” has now turned into a fun way for our IT department to get to know each other just a little better. Let me explain. On Friday our web programmer and I were in our boss’s office. I forget just how she brought up The Who (incidentally Roger and Pete were recently honored at the Kennedy Center). Now keep in mind that our web programmer wasn’t born until the mid-80’s so a group even as famous as The Who just wasn’t part of his musical vernacular. My boss and I started ticking off titles of great Who songs but alas only two were familiar to our programmer. Who Are You thanks to CSI using at it as their theme song and Behind Blue Eyes because Limp Bizkit had covered it.
After our meeting when I got to my desk I had a brain storm – create a playlist to expose/educate someone about a particular artist or group. So I immediately went to one of my current favorite music sharing-social networking web sites – Grooveshark. I created a list of songs I felt might span their career. When stumped I even enlisted the other Web 2.0/social networking sites (Friendfeed, Twitter and Facebook). I shared it with my boss and our programmer. We decided wouldn’t this be a fun and educational way to not only be exposed to all types of music but to learn a bit more about our co-workers.
So as a team building project once a week one person from our department will have 1 week to create a playlist and then share it with the group. This could highlight a particular artist or group (e.g. The Who), glorify a particular decade (e.g. 80’s) or even try to represent a genre (P Funk). It is up to the creator of the playlist. To make it easier on our group I created a common shared username/password so each of us doesn’t have to signup to use Grooveshark (unless they want to). I’ll be interested in seeing what playlists come out of this project over the next several months.