Almost all of humanity’s greatest accomplishments are the result of teamwork. Mendeleev's Periodic Table of Elements is actually a cross-collaboration between scientists of all places, niches and eras. The conquest of space could not have occurred without astronauts, physicists, computer scientists and other experts. The invention of the internet is not one individual person's achievement but of dozens of pioneering scientists, programmers and engineers who each developed new features and technologies that eventually merged to become the “information superhighway” we know today. There's no doubt good outcomes require continual work from different parts to achieve one shared goal.
Team collaboration includes a series of frameworks that facilitate transparent communication, processes, and documentation in groups of all sizes and for all purposes. Collaboration is crucial for effective interdisciplinary work and should be built holistically into the overall group's values to ship projects and build a system for effective execution.
In simple terms, a collaborative team accomplishes more together than the individual team members could on their own. As the popular phrase says, a team is way more than the sum of the parts.
1) Use shared tools:
One of the most significant barriers to team collaboration is endlessly searching for documents or waiting for an email reply before someone can access a file. With a centralised file-sharing tool like ReSkript and its powerful project feature, your team has a shared database and file depository everyone can access and work through 24/7. This way, and by being able to work together but at different times, the overall productivity of the group increases.
2) Establish communication conventions
Part of how you can build and boost team collaboration is to create guidelines for your team to communicate and work together.
It's crucial to clarify to everyone in the team that their opinions matter and encourage them to speak up whenever they have new ideas, suggestions, and questions. However, promoting the free exchange of ideas is not enough in and of itself. Another prerequisite for effective team collaboration is making sure the team has multiple communication channels at their disposal, each with a set function that each team member knows.
By co-creating your team’s communication conventions, you can make the journey easier.
Take some time to decide:
In this sense, the ReSkript platform has a "Project chat" where all participants can discuss generalities...
... and an in-document chat, where specific things about a particular document can be brought up.
3) Establish common objectives and short & long-term goals
Goal-setting is an integral part of any team; it can help align and focus on what’s important and execute those priorities. However, sometimes goals are set from the “top-down,” which means leaders establish specific goals and the metrics of getting there. This can help the team or company reach the common goal—but it doesn't give the whole team a chance to collaborate, innovate and be an active part of the objectives. Opening the door for team members to be involved in establishing goals can make them more interested in actually achieving them.
Also, it is crucial to have a space where all of these short and long-term goals are displayed, so everyone can stay on track and work towards them every day.
4) Assign roles and responsibilities
When everyone on a team knows what they should be working on, they’re more productive and have the ability to produce higher-quality content.
Besides, we all know teamwork is not always easy: some people might be prone to take the lead on projects and end up handling them completely, whilst some others might get lost and without knowing how to cooperate. To avoid this common situation, we propose a few easy steps:
5) Set deadlines and build a team schedule
Once each team member has a set responsibility and short-term and long-term goals are set, it's time to work towards them! In this sense, it is essential to keep every member of the team synchronised in their tasks.
One way to make the schedule known for everyone is to include it in the workspace; so that all team members are constantly reminded of deadlines and events. ReSkript offers an in-site calendar for each project, which all of the administrators can edit.
Team collaboration might seem hard at times, but the results are outstanding. Incorporate our advice and let us know the results!