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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.

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Instant messaging, chat and online collaborative tools make this possible without the NEED for being in the same room ... and yet, for many things, there is an immense, irreplaceable benefit to being in the same room ... in order to really participate in an development ecosystem, it is ultimately necessary to cement online interaction with physical interaction and even relaxation for bonding and truly osmotic information flow.