How to Make Real Collaboration Possible

schedule Oct 30th 02:15 - 03:15 PM place Ball Room people 19 Interested

Collaboration is generally considered a net positive, and everyone knows it’s a key principle of Agile. Yet most Agile teams -- even those that seem to work well together -- don’t collaborate nearly enough, and thus don’t reach their full potential. It takes attention and work to make collaboration possible, let alone appealing and practical! In this interactive talk, the author of “The Human Side of Agile” explains the not-so-short list of not-so-simple factors that get in the way of real collaboration, and provides a process for determining actions that will make collaboration possible.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

This session has four parts:

  1. Collaboration vs. cooperation: definitions, examples, why and when do one or the other
  2. The nine prerequisites to collaboration, with examples for each
  3. Cues and pressures surrounding potential collaborators that discourage them from collaborating, with examples for each
  4. What you can do to establish or increase collaboration: a process for reflection and action setting

After part 1, attendees choose a real situation from their work where collaboration could be beneficial, but is absent. As we study the concepts in parts 2 and 3, attendees apply them to their chosen situation and, where relevant, share their example as addition to those of the speaker’s. Part 4 generalizes the analysis they just did to a process they can apply to establish or increase collaboration on a wider scale.

While this is a new talk, by October I will have given it as a webinar by invitation of OnAgile, the Agile Alliance's virtual conference. As well, the latest draft of it has won two thumbs up from leads at Hunter Industries -- the people behind the most extreme example of collaboration, "mobbing".

Learning Outcome

  • Identify the nine conditions that must be fulfilled for any two people to collaborate
  • Recognize common cues and pressures that discourage people from collaborating
  • Follow a simple process to determine actions that will establish or increase collaboration in your team

Target Audience

Leaders, ScrumMasters, managers, coaches

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