GroupSystems Adds Structure to Electronic Meetings

When people meet, it's usually important to impose structure on the meeting. This is more important with larger meetings. For example, at the very least it makes sense to have an agenda, and document the decisions and next steps.

Teamspaces and Web conferencing facilitate meetings. We recently came across GroupSystems. This company focuses on letting groups have in-person, interactive meetings that use collaborative technology. The software lets the meeting leader define a structure for the meeting, and impose the meeting discipline on everyone.

For example, the leader can define:

  • Who can participate and what they can do
  • The agenda -- a set of steps that everyone moves through
  • Brainstorming sessions, which can be anonymous
  • Priority-setting sessions

It's interesting stuff. Electronic meetings need such human-factors-oriented tools.

... David Ferris

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