For those in the United States, Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Well, at least according to Wikipedia. But while Thanksgiving can be a time of gratitude and reflection, it can also be a project management and scheduling nightmare.
For starters, preparing the traditional American Thanksgiving meal involves a ton of moving puzzle pieces that all have to come together smoothly in order to prevent a family get-together from becoming a family feud.
There are a number of individual tasks that all have to happen on different schedules, each executed by well-meaning family members who want to “help” (but often just end up making the process harder).
For example, someone has to cook the turkey (or take their life into their own hands and deep-fry it). Someone has to make the stuffing from…um, whatever stuffing is made from. Someone has to bake a pie…or seventeen. And, of course, someone has to un-can (de-can?) the cranberry sauce.
Then, there’s the scheduling hassles of getting the right people to show up at the right time/place without everyone bringing the same food dish. (“Another fruitcake? You shouldn’t have! No seriously, we already have six.”)
And finally, after the meal, when the tryptophan has worn off and everyone’s gone home, you’ll be obligated to share the photos and videos with everyone who attended, especially that whacky Uncle who photobombed everyone.
When you think about it, Thanksgiving is a lot like the typical corporate event (only without as many children chasing dogs). Like many corporate events, Thanksgiving involves task management, event scheduling, polling and even file-sharing — all things you could do more easily using Enterprise Social Networking.
With apps like tibbr Events, you could schedule your mealtime in a way that guests could comment on it, suggest alternative venues, or request a start-time that doesn’t conflict with professional sports on TV.
tibbr Polls could help you figure out which kinds of pie guests want, and which ones they like the most (HINT: It probably isn’t mincemeat.)
Or you could set up impromptu WebEx, Skype or Google sessions with tibbr Meetings to debate the details of whose stuffing recipe is superior and why. (Coriander, FTW!)
And with tibbr Tasks, you could assign next steps from anywhere inside tibbr, right where and when you’re discussing a topic. (“Bob, you’re in charge of using the deep-fryer. Jenny, you make sure the fire-extinguisher is working.”)
Considering that so many apps are built right in, tibbr is a virtual social software “turducken.” It’s got everything your organization needs to make planning and managing events, conferences, and off-sites, as easy and drama-free as possible — all in one place. And that’s something to really be thankful for.