Anand • 2022-04-20
There are more than a few tools in the Digital Workplace that boast “collaboration in real-time”, some do it well and some are catching up to competition in the market. With Hybrid and the new remote reality we have been in these last couple of years, working with colleagues in the same or different time zones, it is most often “asynchronous work” that gets work done in time and less stressful than sitting through meetings. Asynchronous, in short, is when work happens for different people on their own time. We need flexible tools to support that. How does Loop, the new application embedded in Teams chats facilitate asynchronous work?
Let’s take a look at the below two scenarios to illustrate the experience of working with Loop components for asynchronous work.
Me in Sweden and colleagues, K and T (for anonymity, will call them K and T) in the US and Canada are working on designing and building a learning experience using PowerApps. Each one of us have a clear role to play — K is the Business requirement owner & approver, T is the content responsible and I am the PowerApp maker. We are jointly responsible for the learning experience and design of the solution. Between us we have some time difference obviously, I am 6 hours ahead of T and 7 hours ahead of K. The overlap time is a small window and that is usually around the time I am wrapping up for the day and they are starting their busy day. So we tend to have short meetings if needed and take the rest over persistent chat in Teams. But this approach does not work well for this scenario — designing an app, working through requirements & changes, testing & feedback, bug fix and retests, assets exchange and communication and so on.. Handling all this over a Teams chat becomes hard to keep up with and with the risk of missing information in a stream of chat messages. Constant messaging can cause anxiety and especially if working in different time zones, like in this case.
So, with the arrival of Loop this year, we Loopified it (moved the app requirements, changes, design change discussions, asset exchange for the app, from the Teams chat to the Loop) and the immediate improvements we saw:
Me and some colleagues are creating an article about “Stream on SharePoint” for a Digital tools blog on SharePoint. Each one has an agreed area of responsibility in making the article for the blog, making it a collaborative work. Working at our own time, we work asynchronously to create, update and review each other’s drafts using the Loop component in Teams.
We Loopified it and the immediate advantages we saw:
The names of colleagues you see in this example are not real but are there to help illustrate the scenario.
The USP of Loop is how easy it is to create a Loop document from within a Teams chat and not have to open a separate application for that. The simplicity in adding elements using the / key stroke, the fluidity in copying the Loop over to another Teams chat to extend the collaboration to more colleagues and the familiar file management method in OneDrive makes Loop a great and easy to use tool for asynchronous work.
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