Collaboration, a Key to Success
Collaboration is not just another business buz word. Your level of commitment to
collaboration can be the difference between success and failure in your next software
project. So what is the big deal about collaboration? Why is it so crucial that
the customer and supplier collaborate? Because collaboration guarentees effective
communication. And effective communication leads to shorter schedules, less rework,
In software development collaboration occurs between the customer-lead (the
product manager) and and the architect/designer.
The product manager provides content and definition of
the proposed software with validation and response from the architect.
The architect translates the business needs into screens,
reports, and process that the customer agrees upon. Notice that this is not a one
way communication but a dialog. The collaboration primarily occurs during a meeting
where both representatives interact until a final direction is agreed upon. Each
person's perceptions are validated by the other and then documented for later review.
In the collaboration process the product manager represents
all of his or her team members while the architect represents
his or her development team. Any one person will be included in these meetings on
an as needed basis to fill gaps and provide expert knowledge. Whether few or many,
there must be two that are leading and striving for a collaborative relationship.
If you and your team are believers in collaboration then we are a good match. Call
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