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Blaine Collins

Jeffrey, I have been saying the same thing for years. Automobile driving may be the single most collaborative process on the planet, and it exists in every village, town, city and country. Your challenge to bring the same level of cooperation to the office is right on!

The one big advantage that makes driving more collaborative has to do with consequences. In addition to the risk of honks, fingers and traffic citations, the consquences of deviant driving can be fatal.

Could the same be true for business organizations that do not develop a culture of teamwork?

Sivaraman Swaminathan

Brilliant post. I have always been struggling to find examples to tell people how collaboration is an unsaid partnership between people working together... Lovely. Thanks

Jason Womack

My friend, Joe, just wrote a great note along these same lines...as it applies to the personal experience of thinking forward.

http://thinking-forward.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/08/left_lane_close.html

Jim Voris

The problem with coordinating teams vs. coordinating drivers is one of bandwidth. Drivers need to know very little of another drivers' business in order to successfully navigate traffic. The same cannot be said of coordinating business teams. Sure, rules help, but the stuff of business necessarily involves lots of information that may flow in ways that are difficult to predict. Development methodologies succeed when they're able to cut down on the information sharing that's imposed on a team. Proper motivation can help, but the key to success is a respect for the division of labor and the necessary respect for your peers' competance. Set things up so your peers only need to know as much about your work as they do about your driving, and things will go swimmingly.

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