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Homework Assignment #3
Nilo Tsung and Ted Master

1. Visit one of the following websites and explore it.
We visited the last web site, which is DynaSites.

2. Briefly discuss for your chosen website
· What did you find interesting about it?
The idea of providing information spaces for collaborative knowledge construction is very creative.

· In which way is it related to “collaboration”?
DynaSites allows non-technical users to create an information space seed (a collection of information that is intended to evolve). This initial seed is then evolved directly by the user community without requiring technical knowledge of the web, and without requiring a Webmaster to serve as an intermediary.

· How does it compare with the Swiki used for our class?
Swiki is mainly used as a medium supporting communication whereas DynaSites has promised to support the collaborative creation and evolution of artifacts through which communication can take place. The focuses are different between these two products.

3. Have you ever read a book/article about collaboration? If yes,
· Choose the most important one, and provide title and one paragraph what you found interesting about it.
As students studying Construction Management, we have read books and articles about collaboration in many places. The concept of collaboration may be same, but the terms may vary depending the context. For example, in the Demming management method, collaboration is included in his Point Nine: break down barriers between staff areas and build teams consisting different kinds of people, such as marketing, architecture design, structural engineering, construction, etc. In Alternative Dispute Resolution class, the term of collaboration may be called partnering, which encouraging project stakeholers, such as construction contractors, design firms, the construction manager, governmental agencies, to retreat together to have a workshop learning and practicing how to communicate effectively and understand other parties’ interests and concerns, so that the atmosphere would be much more friendly and supportive towards each others.

The title of book I chose is “The Deming Management Method” (1986) by Mary Walton. ISBN is 0-399-55000-3.
“Just-in-time” production is enjoying a surge of popularity in this country. In this system, supplies arrive as they are needed, so that money and storage are not tied up in inventory. But just-in-time method will not work without teamwork. People in manufacturing and sales have a difficult time accepting the just-in-time method. The plant manager may be afraid of running out of parts. Sales and service people like to have a full inventory on hand so that customers do not have to wait. Working out the kinks and allaying these fears involves the cooperation of all departments (see P 75 of the above mentioned book).

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