In the HBR article “Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams” the authors prepared a set of questions that can help to identify tasks that require “complex collaboration”.
How to identify tasks that require “complex collaboration”?
The task is unlikely to be accomplished successfully using only the skills within the team.
- The task must be addressed by a new group formed specifically for this purpose.
- The task requires collective input from highly specialised individuals.
- The task requires collective input and agreement from more than 20 people.
- The members of the team working on the task are in more than two locations.
- The success of the task is highly dependent on understanding preferences or needs of individuals outside the group.
- The outcome of the task will be influenced by events that are highly uncertain and difficult to predict.
- The task must be completed under extreme time pressure.
If more than two of these statements are true, the task requires complex collaboration.