Be it a three person team or a big organization, everyone face problems in collaboration. We use email extensively, but it is not so effective for collaboration. Since email is distributed, we often lose the track, we often forget to add people to the email, we often see issues in email delivery etc. For any team a project collaboration tool which can handle conversations, tasks, document sharing & collaboration is a must. There are tons of solutions available out there on the web.
But most challenging part for me as a technology head in my company was to convince team members to use such tools. It’s quite often that team loses interest in using such tool & everything comes back to square one. Teambox very effectively solves this problem by deriving ideas from Twitter and Facebook to make project collaboration fun. When I introduced Teambox to my team, the first response was “wow! this is like Facebook for work!”. We have different set of people in our organization, just out of college boys to directors with years of experience & less tech savvy. Everyone found Teambox very simple & effective way of communication. I had to only give a introductory session with the help of nice video Teambox team has created.
Teambox offers hosted solution with various plans to choose from including a free plan. Hosted solution is the way to go for hassle free, instant setup with no technical difficulties. But if you are a geek & wants to play around, Teambox is a open-source project built with Ruby on Rails. You can fork/download it from Github and install it on your own server also.