Every now and then a phrase comes across the screen that causes a pause. Craig Randall asks this question on his blog: "What is the natural unit of written collaboration? Is it the paragraph, the section, the chapter, the document, the slide?"
For a software architect, which Randall is, the question has technical implications. They have to consider what's being collaborated on, how many people will touch it, how changes will be "versioned," and a ton of other small choices that must be made before there's software. It's got me thinking about something different, as I don't think in terms of these "units," but rather in terms of "ideas." Aren't those the natural units of collaboration? I'm sure I'm missing something.