I realise this a simple MVP of a tool, but its a little uncertain as to where you are going with this. Currently, we use Slack, which is pretty good, and we use Confluence, which is also pretty good. One can consider these are two ends of a spectrum of conversation and team documentation needs.
The problem is they are separate, and there are various weaknesses in each:
- slack is great, due to its informal comms model, but its very easy to communicate important info, such as unames/pwords, links, or documents, which end up being lost in history and hard to find
- confluence is great, for formal comms/persistent docs, but its easy to get the documentation somewhat dislocated in time, as it takes some preparation to setup, and its hard to get instant feedback, or work iteratively on it, as one tends to work sporadically on the docs
If the intent with Watson workspaces is to make a better slack, then i will just disconnect at this point and wait until it is better. I have no time for me-too ideas, and unless there is a killer capability that makes it much better than slack, the question is why bear the switching cost?
If the intent is to make a better slack/confluence, as you have insight into the true limitations of both and intend to define a new, integrated nexus of functionality, then this is much more interesting.
At present, Workspaces looks like a basic idea, that is waiting to try to find its feet. The likelihood of success seems small, as Slack is pretty good, and the only option is to find the systemic flaws in the idea behind slack. These flaws can't be solved by a slack clone, are based on the underlying conception behind slack and are non-obvious, otherwise the slack team would fix them. If you start from a similar point, you will fail, as you are already constrained by your/their conception.
My view is that unless you have totally pulled to pieces the comms model / functionality model behind many of these products, and re-conceptualised functionality in this space then its extremely hard for you to succeed. I am not seeing this level of diligence and rigour in your current effort.
If you want to discuss your space, I am happy to extend this discussion, but at present it looks rather inchoate, embryonic and undecided. Let me know what you think
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