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Defining Collaboration

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 10:49 am by Eugene Eric Kim

When I tell people that I’m in the collaboration business, most people stare politely and expectantly, waiting for me to explain what that means. Collaboration encompasses many things, and to really be in the business of improving collaboration, you have to address all of those things, both individually and in relation to each other. It’s not only possible to deal with all the different aspects of collaboration, it’s necessary if you want to improve. However, it helps to have a model for thinking about collaboration.

I recently created a three-minute slidecast our definition and model of collaboration:

As is evident here, we’re starting to experiment with slidecasting and other mediums for communicating our ideas. I welcome your feedback about the model itself and about the slidecast.

4 Responses to “Defining Collaboration”

  1. I find this to be such a strong foundation for starting to understand the value of your work for any collaborative situation, large or small. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. Woot! You did it completely right! Well done, I think you've nailed it.

    This is great because it is concrete enough that one can compare and contrast the current activity with the definition and make some judgements on how to tweak the situation.

    It's nice to see that the definition we originally came up with has stood the test of a few years.

  3. [...] Blog post and 3-minute slidecast: Defining collaboration [...]

  4. And surprisingly, this is actually useful to people who want to study collaboration from the other side – who want to say, "does this pile of artifacts represent the output of a collaborative process?" Good stuff.

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