I've put a post up on the Four Groups blog called The Tension in Collaboration. Rather than post the whole text in here, I've just added the summary...
There is a tension at the heart of our efforts to collaborate. This tension and its possible resolution is best captured by the following questions.
- Should we be putting people first, before technology, in our efforts to collaborate?
- Does collaboration benefit from a more formal process?
- Can collaboration be encouraged in a replicable and systematic manner (as much as anything concerning people can be repeatable and systematic)?
- Does the lack of a formal process for optimising collaboration hold back productivity and performance?