11 Ways to Collaborate More Effectively

11 Ways to Collaborate More Effectively

Responsible PartiesResponsible Parties

Assign roles in writing for all needed research before a collaboration session, as well as the action steps afterward.

Wide NetWide Net

Don’t limit your idea pool to solely the collaboration team. Use crowdsourcing and other social media tools to gather additional input.

Clear ConsensusClear Consensus

Get the team to agree upon all key, relevant terms so there are no misinterpretations which will lead to confusion-causing bottlenecks.

Reverse CourseReverse Course

Determine a desired result, and then work backwards to illustrate the steps needed to get there.

Solicit CommentsSolicit Comments

Encourage candid feedback from collaboration partners on their confidence rating of proposed actions.

User FriendlyUser Friendly

Gather user perspectives throughout the planning and execution stages because any outcomes will need to address their needs—the way they need them addressed.

Current ThinkingCurrent Thinking

Use collaborative IT which ensures that all shared, accessed documents are the most recent versions.

Ways and MeansWays and Means

Always include complete details about methodologies within documents.


Provide complete transparency for stakeholders throughout the entire project, not after everything is finished.

Appreciative GesturesAppreciative Gestures

To generate enthusiasm, create a shared, online resource which charts milestone accomplishments as they happen. And duplicate this on a large, public display in the office.

It's a Team EffortIt’s a Team Effort

Encourage rewards which benefit and recognize all team members—not just certain individuals.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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