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Chief Collaboration Officer

When you search for the word “collaboration” on the Internet, the top hits are mostly software packages you can buy.  Software can facilitate collaboration, but it doesn’t make people collaborate on its own. One of the key functions of a technical leader is to bring a team together, help people share ideas, and facilitate team members helping each other.  When a software leader overlooks this key function, you end up with a group of individual contributing engineers instead of a cohesive team. Before we get into tactics, we should ask “Why is collaboration important for an engineering team?”  It’s critical to examine your assumptions, so here are my reasons for why a group of engineers working on their own are worse than a team working together: Smart people learn from each other. Getting your plans and designs reviewed by other people allows you to leverage their experience and check your assumptions. Collaboration produces artifacts that stay after collaboration h