At Integricity, the company I started that comprises of a digital agency, visuals arm and technology company, we use Google Docs a lot. It helps us keep tabs on the 30 odd staff we have and collaborate on documents. At some point, I should run a workshop on how to squeeze productivity from using this awesome tool.
Its used for timesheets, claims and project management – nobody signs on to our company and leaves without a fairly thorough knowledge of Google Docs. The system has worked pretty well, though there are some features left to be desired, such as the ability to lock cells in the spreadsheet and have more granular control over permissions. Anyhow, it does work for our needs.
Here’s a screenshot illustrating how we collaborated on selecting meals for our annual year-end dinner. It was funny, as we had 2 dozen people filling in their choices and ordering food for our colleagues that they really hate!
Today, when I logged in, a new interface was presented – something that’s a tad more shiny and modern looking. The navigation allows better access to files and I believe it will help us all work that much more efficiently. I’m loving the preview screen that shows you what’s in the file at a glance as well as the ability to see the Sharing settings on the right.
One other major change is the renaming of Folders to Collections. I don’t see why, as most of us are already familiar with the term folders.
Anyhow, the ability to quickly filter the types of documents is a good thing, as we can sometimes get lost in the flood of documents that we have.