Collaboration today is critical for any organization’s success. Organizations are becoming more geographically distributed, and though there are some exceptions such as Google and Yahoo, most organizations have no choice in the matter.
Although research claims collaboration works better if teams are all together, there is also the 50 yard rule — anyone over 50 yards from you will collaborate with you in the same way as they would in a distributed office. Architects are working to create more collaborative physical spaces in organizations to maximize casual serendipitous interactions. Yet most organizations have not worked out how to collaborate face to face, let alone distributed collaboration. Let’s look at the most common collaboration and distributed collaboration problems, identify a solution and explore specific actions.
Why does collaboration fail so often? It’s simple: people can’t make the mental shift!