Fostering Collaboration in Heterogeneous Teams
Clifton Kussmaul, Muhlenberg College;
This workshop introduces participants to best practices and supporting
tools and activities that can be used to foster collaboration in teams than span disciplines or institutions. Such cross-functional and distributed collaborations are increasingly common both in academia and industry. The workshop emphasizes: a life-cycle model for collaborative
teams; tools and techniques to support collaboration; and guidelines, tutorials, and activities to help teams progress through the life-cycle model. The workshop is divided into four parts: an introduction;
an activity focused on multidisciplinary teams; an activity focused on distributed teams; and a concluding discussion. We use process miniatures, in which an entire process is run in a very short time so that participants get a sense of how all of the pieces work together. Participants will also receive a packet of materials with additional
activities and examples.