Osmotic Communications

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Keywords: PMI-ACP Tools and Techniques

Contents
1 Overview
2 Importance
3 PMI-ACP Exam Outline Reference
4 Body
5 History
6 Current practice
7 See also
8 Sources & Reference
9 External Links

Overview

Osmotic communication means that information flows into the background hearing of members of the team, so that they pick up relevant information as though by osmosis.

Importance

Osmotic communication makes the cost of communications low and the feedback rate high, so that errors are corrected extremely quickly and knowledge is disseminated quickly

PMI-ACP Exam Outline Reference

Tools and Techniques > Communication

Body

Osmotic communications is normally accomplished by seating team members in the same room. Then, when one person asks a question, others in the room can either tune in or tune out, contributing to the discussion or continuing with their work. Several people have related their experience of it much as this person did:

:We had four people doing pair programming. The boss walked in and asked my partner a question. I started answering it, but gave the wrong name of a module. Nancy, programming with Neil, corrected me, without Neil ever noticing that she had spoken or that a question had been asked.

When osmotic communication is in place, questions and answers flow naturally and with surprisingly little disturbance among the team.

History

Osmotic communications is a term created by Alistair Cockburn and originally described in his 2004 book Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams (1) and then again in his 2006 book Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game.

Current practice


See also

Co-Located Teams and Team Space

Sources & Reference

  • 1Cockburn, A. (2004). Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams. Addison-Wesley Professional. ISBN-10: 0201699478
  • Cockburn, A. (2006). Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game. (Page 111, 112). Addison-Wesley Professional. ISBN-10: 0321482751

    External Links

    http://alistair.cockburn.us/Osmotic+communication


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