I’m a firm believer that more people contributing ideas means better ideas and a stronger end result. However, when you bring a lot of opinions to one table, collaboration can be a challenge. I found this article, 4 Collaboration Roles that Drive Reliable Results, and it provides a structure or “matrix” for more efficient collaboration.
I like how the article compares collaboration to a trial jury dynamic. “When all team members must agree in order to move forward, any one person can stall a decision.” This can also halt the progress of your project.
The roles defined in the article are meant to help your team of collaborators focus more on the results. The owner is the person who assigns tasks and resources and is responsible for the project completion. The performer(s) execute the tasks, and the expert(s) provide best practices expertise, often at the request of the owner or the performer. The final role is for the stakeholder(s). These people are provided with key updates throughout the process of project completion. The key to assigning roles is knowing that the roles can change from project to project.
With marketing, design, AND print services under one roof at Holmes, we are always collaborating on projects. We also regularly have meetings to brainstorm solutions for clients and our own marketing. I think that trying to follow this matrix where it makes sense could certainly improve our process and prevent miscommunications that can pop up when you work in groups.