Collaborative Tools for your Agile and Distributed Teams

For managing projects in general and agile projects in particular we need to collaborate with project team members, communicate milestones, interact with clients, solve problems, and share folders, project documents, reports and tasks in real time. All this even being distributed around the world. So, the questions are how to manage such a project in real time? How to do the daily project management work without being available 24/7?People Networks Continue reading “Collaborative Tools for your Agile and Distributed Teams”

Socialmedia use and monitoring in the workplace

In his January 2014 Computing article “Corporate Risks from Social Media”, Brian M Gaff highlighted several risks related to the use of Social Media in the workplace. While Brian encouraged organizations to leverage the benefits of social media, he suggested that they should be vigilant in establishing  internal controls – policies and policing.

His explanation of the legal issues or penalties I could face if my social media site was hacked and customer data was compromised was of great concern to me. Therefore, I looked into the topic  a little more and I summarized my findings:

  • as an inforgraphic on “Social media use and monitoring in the workplace”  (Figure 1) and
  • as a table on social media monitoring tools (Table 1 & Figure 2).

My conclusion after the investigation is

  1. social media use is accepted in the workplace,
  2. the negative consequences (for me) are marginal, and
  3. there are enough monitoring tools available to track and manage the risks.


Gaff, B. M. (2014). Computing and the Law: Corporate Risks from Social Media. Computing Now.

Institute, P. (2011). Global Survey on Social Media Risks: Suvey of IT & IT Security Practitioners.

Figure 1:  Social media use and monitoring in the workplace

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Figure 2: Treemap of Social media monitoring tools

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Table 1: Social media monitoring tools

Topics Products
1 Finding people to follow
2 Get alerts when you are mentioned on the web GoogleAlerts
3 Conversation Tracker Conversion suite (Google Analytics)
Social Revenue (Argyle Social)
4 Identify influence Google Analytics (Social Reports)
Google+ Ripples
5 Schedule tweet/automaion Buffer
6 See incoming posts in a workflow Attensity
Sprout CRM
Conversation Center (SAS)
7 See all social media accounts Angorapulse
8 Tracking clicks on links that you sent Backtweets
9 Get information on how posts travel Google Analytics
Hub Spot
Map my followers
Tweet Reach
10 Controlling outbound tweeks Crowd control
11 All (or many) in one Beevolve
Google Analytics
Social Media Analytics (SAS)

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Upcoming presentation “SocialMedia: the 3 things you need to know to better sell yourself or benefit your business” HDHIP

On January 25th, I will presenting on “Social Media: the 3 things you need to know to better sell yourself or benefit your business” at the Heidelberg International Professional Women’s Forum. I plan to talk about the topic based on my personal experience as professional, a mother, and an expat. The following is an copy of the event announcement.

Hello HIP Women,

A reminder for next Saturday’s HIP event. Please note that we are trying a new venue that’s offering a special breakfast buffet – 15€ all inclusive. Let us know how you like it!!

When: Saturday, January 25th

Where: Das Lamm Heidelberg
Pfarrgasse 3
D-69121 Heidelberg

What: Breakfast buffet

Cost: 15€ for the buffet, due to the cost of the buffet no donations will be collected.

What to bring: Your questions and challenges regarding your internet marketing development.
RSVP: By Thursday January 23rd using the Doodle link below:
Doodle registration for our January event!

Feel free to bring a friend by having her sign in the Doodle.

“Social Media: the 3 things you need to know to better sell yourself or benefit your business” with Gloria Miller.
We’re beginning the year with a pragmatic look at using Social Media to boost our professional profiles and promote our businesses. Gloria Miller, a recognized public speaker with a 30 year background in Information Technology, will be sharing her expertise and answering your questions.
Gloria will share with us the results of a study done by a large organization describing the benefits of savvy usage of Social Media. She will help us answer such questions as:

  • Which tools are best for me?
  • What simple but regular steps should I be implementing?
  • What frequency? What cost? What focus?

Founder and Managing Consultant at MaxMetrics, Gloria Miller has a long history in business and technology. From Task Manager, through Project Manager, to being the Executive Director for the Board of Directors at SAS and Vice President of their Professional Services, to founding and managing her own IT consulting organization, Maxmetrics, Gloria has accumulated a wealth of experience in business development.
Mother of a teenager, an expat for 20 years, an author, a small business owner, and a project management Consultant, Gloria also takes time for golfing, skiing and watching American TV series!

So join us January 25th to start implementing more effective Social Media strategy!

Warm Regards,
Patricia Comolet
Steering Committee Member

About the HIP Women’s Forum
The purpose of the Heidelberg International Professional (HIP) Women’s Forum is to bring together women from various international firms and backgrounds to exchange ideas, learn from one another’s experiences, and develop skills that will enhance both professional and personal success. Our hope is that such a forum will also provide an opportunity to connect women who are seeking new challenges and directions to others who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.

Steering Committee, HIP Women’s Forum:
Fabiana Matucci, Shuchi Sharma, Kerstin Lambert, Patricia Comolet, Birte Hoekstra and Jennifer Watson