Collaboration Isn't Optional; Project Teams Must Navigate A Maze Of Differences To Bring The Team Together
Collaboration is at the core of project management. The project workplace is a maze of national, organizational and professional cultures -- all interacting with team members' distinct personalities and perspectives. To align around project goals and achieve them, project participants have to combine ideas, bridge gaps between cultural values and create a joint understanding of what organizational behavior is (and isn't) acceptable. Often, it's the project manager who needs to figure out how to capture everyone's desires so they're willing to adjust practices to produce fruitful collaboration.