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Summary of Key Collaboration Enablers

Here are a few collaboration enablers that appear to be among current industry best practices. The source articles provide a wealth of information on the success stories of organizations like 3M, Sony, and others.

COLLABORATION ENABLERS Source Article
Deploy a database of technical reports that can be accessed by anyone in the organization http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Use employee-run technology events to create networking opportunities http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Design open gathering spaces where people can congregate and share http://tinyurl.com/collabCERN
Create technology summits and make them accessible by enabling remote participation http://tinyurl.com/collabCERN
Create a “LinkedIn for scientists” for the R&D community http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Share researchers across departments http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Require collaboration and integrate it as a metric in performance evaluations http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Allow employees to spend 15% of their time on projects they choose and allow them to work on outside projects http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Create innovation funds for projects that don’t fit elsewhere http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Collocate resources at critical junctures & enable easy access http://tinyurl.com/collab3M
Adopt spontaneous work styles. Use unified communications to enable spontaneous connections (IM for example). The key is immediate access versus needing to make appointments or schedule meetings. http://tinyurl.com/collabmorethantech
Adopt social media-type communication tools like “fmyi” http://tinyurl.com/collabFMYI
Fit high-tech tools into product development. Examples: videoconferencing w/advanced design software; combine Cisco’s TelePresence with animation design tools; allow for design inputs and changes to be shared in real-time instead of in series – reduces cycle time in development http://tinyurl.com/collabmorethantech
Give everyone access to high-end communication tools like Cisco’s TelePresence http://tinyurl.com/collabmorethantech
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