Books Slideshow: How to Get Your IT Teams to Collaborate Effectively

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-14-2011

Never use the word "meeting"

Meetings are considered useless time-consumers. A "collaboration session" is dynamic, interactive and purpose-driven.

Never use the word

Define precise goals.

Less ambiguity is better. For example: " ...to develop a solution strategy to streamline vendor-invoicing practices."

Define precise goals.

Don’t get hung up on the hour.

Do you need an hour? Think of how to foster productive collaboration in 15 minutes instead.

Don’t get hung up on the hour.

Never use the word "meeting" - Page 4

Slide 4Think less - not more - participants.It's more important to have the right people in the room than a glut of those who can't make valuable contributions.

Never use the word

Unplug. Detatch. Discuss.

Any collaborative exchange is enhanced when laptops and smartphones are banned.

Unplug. Detatch. Discuss.

Nix the agenda.

Reaching the goal IS the agenda. Imposing structure diminishes ability to collaborate.

Nix the agenda.

Collaborate face-to-face.

Even if that face is on a computer screen, expressions and gestures often speak as tellingly as words.

Collaborate face-to-face.

End with firm decisions.

But decide upon something today no matter what, even if new information could change that tomorrow.

End with firm decisions.

Expect chaos.

Agile implementation is disruptive by nature. Anticipate and adapt to initial discomfort/resistance until the disruption becomes routine.

Expect chaos.