What’s the secret to a high-performing team? A star player? Veteran experience? In a joint study by Dropbox and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), we set out to answer questions like these by analyzing Dropbox collaboration at the top 100 universities in the world (based on the 2017 Center for World Universities Rankings) and cross-referencing academic citations according to the Web of Science database. To protect our users’ privacy, all data was anonymized and information like university ranks and number of citations were grouped into ranges.
When you’re immersed in a movie, magazine, or TV show, it’s easy to forget how many people are involved in a major media production—until you see the credits or the masthead. That’s when you get a sense of the cross-continental collaboration it takes to bring those stories to life. So how do global media teams manage to keep everyone on the same page throughout the content lifecycle?
Media and entertainment companies have unique needs when it comes to collaboration. They work in teams that span the globe. They work with tools that span a spectrum of uses. And every day, those teams are under pressure to create more content in less time, across an array of consumer platforms. As a result, they’re producing an unprecedented volume of data, including high-res file types with larger and larger file sizes. The challenge becomes—where do you put all that data and how can teams access, review, revise, and share it quickly and securely?
It might seem like the creative process begins with a brainstorm and ends with a presentation. But in reality, creating the asset is just the first step. It’s everything that happens after that determines whether the idea will fly. And at every stage of the content lifecycle—creating, sharing, reviewing, discussing, and iterating—there’s a team of contributors who shape and refine it. The hard part is making sure all those contributions build the idea up, and don’t whittle it down. To make the reviewing and iterating stages of the process easier, Dropbox is introducing new previews capabilities. Here’s how they can help your team save time and drive work forward.
If you’ve watched any movies or TV recently, you’ve probably seen motion design in action. Think about the giant red letters in the Stranger Things opening credits, moving together to the pulse of the show’s foreboding theme music. Or recall the sprawling, three-dimensional map that kicks off every episode of Game of Thrones.
Meetings bring teams together to help them move forward. But sometimes, they inhibit progress. In a recent study by Salary.com, 47 percent of respondents said attending too many meetings was their biggest waste of time at work. To see for myself the ratio of gain-to-drain, I declined every meeting this week. Here’s what happened.