Collaboration as a term has many meanings within organisations. All too often, though, it’s something that everybody thinks is a terribly good idea, but is also somebody else’s problem.

Some IT leaders are stepping up to the challenge. Whilst many think that the answer lies in new technology platforms (spoiler: it doesn’t) a few are awake to the idea that getting people to work more effectively with one another might be a people challenge, not a thing that can be solved with software alone.

Often better collaboration begins at home: both how a technology organisations operates within itself, and also how it works openly with those outside of it’s operations. Getting that right is the key to the successful implementation of modern approaches like agile and DevOps. Just implementing new processes or systems alone rarely helps.

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