Your collaborative methodology must be maintained in order to ensure that it continues to provide value. This maintenance comes in the form of improvements and revisions to the methodology itself to take into account the needs and objectives of your collaborative partners. I’ve been discussing the collaboration methodology and my suggestions for methodology review practices to ensure that your methodology maintains relevance. This review and maintenance program must be instituted in support of your methodology and in order to ensure the appropriate level of support you should define the process at startup of your collaborative methodology initiative.
The surest path to failure of your collaborative methodology is to assume that you will get around to the maintenance improvements for your brand new collaborative methodology. The surest path to not achieving acceptance of your collaborative methodology is to assume that you have addressed all requirements in your initial start-up of the collaborative methodology. The reality of the situation is that unless you start your collaborative methodology with a clear plan and procedures to review and maintain this methodology it will be doomed to failure. The reality of the situation is that the collaborative methodology by its very make-up of participants is so complicated that unless you start your collaborative methodology with a clear plan and procedures to review and maintain this methodology it will be doomed to failure.
I’m guessing that at this point in the discussion you are thinking to yourself - Considering how complicated this collaborative methodology can be and considering the efforts and controls that you must put into place to ensure success and considering the high risk involved in starting this collaborative methodology, why should you even take up this initiative? Well the answer to this is very simple and also straight forward - yes you should take up this initiative because the rewards will be too great to ignore! In addition to the rewards, I also think that this initiative will be a great contributor to the very survival of your enterprise. I know these are strong words and suggestions however I look around at all of the technological capabilities and the pressures from consumers, suppliers, carriers, real estate, and new software and hardware capabilities and I see an environment that no single organization can hope to navigate without the help and collaboration of many partners across the entire chain of connections.
Let me bring this around to the point again to tie these thoughts together. I think its safe to say that it will be much easier and more efficient to recognize the risks and potential difficulties in the successful implementation of your collaboration methodology when you begin your efforts so you can put the controls and monitoring procedures in place to help ensure the continued success. This is especially important because you will require the support from your external collaborative partners in order to ensure the success and the benefits.
And now for the audience participation portion of the show…
Have you contemplated the challenges and benefits of expanding your use of social or collaborative experiments? Have you contemplated the reevaluation of the collaborative practices and methods you currently utilize to identify if they are providing value and support your strategic goals and objectives?