One more game canceled
By MortazaviBlog on Apr 15, 2006
It's been raining almost every day where we live, the playing fields are soggy, and games have been canceled in the last four weeks.
I'm involved in coaching my daughters' soccer teams.
Last night, I missed an e-mail message calling for help to mow the playing field for today's early morning game. I was helping my wife with some other volunteer work related to SJSU, where she is earning her MBA. I don't have a mower but I'm sure some of the parents would have been willing to help. So, another one of the girls soccer games in our region is canceled this morning.
All along I had my mobile phone with me but no one tried contacting me or send me an e-mail on it.
This story demonstrates a common problem when it comes to volunteer organizations even when they are equiped with all kinds of electronic and web-based "collaboration" tooling.
People still have to read e-mail and web pages although presence technologies can solve some of the more elementary problems like the one I ran into last night. (Many IM services already have rudimentary "presence" capabilities.)
In the final analysis, physical and dynamic "bottlenecks" cannot be eliminated even by super-fast, super-digitization, everywhere.