How To Use A Collaboration Checklist

Collaboration is the most effective means by which to grow business in an environment where the market is crowded and where margins are tight. There may be other reasons for collaboration; we only have to look at the automobile industry to see where manufacturers have joined forces and collaborated on design and engine developments.

So, faced with the opportunity to collaborate and develop joint projects, what factors should be borne in mind? Perhaps the factors below might be a starting point for consideration.

  • Do both organisations have an understandable structure that has the potential to gel effectively?
  • Do both sides have high ambitions for the collaboration?
  • Do both sides have a history of striving for effective and efficient performance?
  • How flexible is the alliance and are there any immediate blockages that are apparent?
  • How will communication and reporting work? Are there any hurdles that spring to mind and how can this process be reviewed over time?
  • Where might there be cultural barriers and issues and if they do appear what is the mechanism for discussing and resolving them?
  • Does the collaboration promote quality learning and development opportunities for both sides?
  • Is long-term reliable planning possible?
  • What are our combined problem-solving capabilities?

The more questions you ask that are not easy to answer the greater your chance of success.

Good Luck!