Osmotic Communication

8 Sep 2012 /

Does it take you 30 seconds or less to get your question to the eyes or ears of the person who might have the answer?


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. This is normally accomplished by seating them 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. […] When osmotic communication is in place, questions and answers flow naturally and with surprisingly little disturbance among the team.

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