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The act of collaborating is both an art and a science, one that begins with shared trust and thrives through delegated authority. And yet historically, many companies have isolated their project managers, leaving them to practice without the support and authority they needed to implement projects, to maintain best practices, and to leverage team performance to achieve better results and to accomplish desired outcomes. This article examines the relationship between collaboration, communication, and project success. It discusses how communication affects a project's outcome, identifies four characteristics common to collaborative environments, and describes collaboration in regards to organizational structures, feedback and assistance processes, and support systems such as Microsoft's enterprise portfolio management (EPM) software. It also lists six benefits of using technology to facilitate collaboration.
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