DoctorsLookingCan we talk like adults for a minute? It’s the 21st century and you’re a fully-grown, responsible professional who’s capable of making his or her own decisions. And like most adults, there’s one particular activity that you probably really enjoy; one which you’ve probably enjoyed with numerous partners, even entire teams. You do it in the office; you do it from home over the computer. You probably wish you were doing it right now! Sometimes it’s short and sweet; other times it seems to drag on forever. I’m talking, of course, about professional collaboration.

Now, as we all know, collaborating can be an enriching and immensely valuable experience. However, it’s not without its dangers. Since adolescence, we’ve all heard about those awful Collaboratively Transmitted Diseases (CTDs) and how to avoid them. Sadly, a recent study conducted by the CTD Prevention Coalition (CTDPC) has confirmed that instances of one particular CTD have sharply increased over the past three years. Collaborrhea (colloquially known as “the collab”) is becoming a serious problem in various professional communities worldwide.

Thankfully, there’s hope. Collabacylin® generally cures all cases within a matter of days. Think you might have the collab? Don’t be afraid. Talk to your health care professional and see if Collabacylin® is right for you. But before you do, take a few moments to review the symptoms, which are listed below.

Problems with version control

This embarrassing phenomenon is the number one cited symptom of Collaborrhea. During collaboration, any number of documents may be shared, reviewed, revised, and passed back and forth across numerous team members. This can present a serious problem for document owners, whose responsibility it is to maintain the most up-to-date copies of project documents and to ensure that their collaborative partners are working from those same up-to-date documents.

Collabacylin® quickly relieves that unpleasant version control sensation through a variety of means. First and foremost, establishing simple document naming conventions often provides instant relief. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding a “v1, v2, v3, etc.” to the end of a file name. Taken a step further, adding a reviewer’s initials to the end of a file name also helps to track project documents.

Collabacylin® also assists in identifying a document’s owner for each and every document that is shared during the collaboration process. This owner’s name should be included somewhere within the document itself, such as a header or footer. Because, at some point, version control is really the responsibility of the document owner.

Late or missed deadlines

This particular symptom affects the entire project team … not just the one suffering from Collaborrhea. When collaborating with large groups, it becomes increasingly difficult to accommodate and track everyone’s schedule. That’s where Collabacylin® comes in. Collabacylin® ensures that its users spend the right amount of effort before the project even kicks off to clearly establish project milestones, timelines, responsible parties, etc. and that that information is communicated to the entire team. Regular project status calls help to mitigate those missed deadlines as well.

Regardless of how well connected your collaborative team stays, a certain amount of “slip” in the timeline should be anticipated. Sometimes, it’s simply unavoidable. Collabacylin® helps by ensuring the project doesn’t come to a screeching halt due to a few missed deliverables. Circle back with the project team to determine how soon the missed deliverable/deadline will be fixed and what can be done in the meantime to maintain momentum.

Feedback dysfunction

Few issues can so negatively impact collaborating as feedback dysfunction, or “FD”. “I swear this is the first time it’s happened!” “It’s not my fault … it’s yours!” And so on and so on. The whole purpose of collaborating is to gain the perspective of your partner(s), but when that perspective gets misinterpreted, disorganized, or simply lost in the process, collaboration ceases to be beneficial (or enjoyable) for anyone.

Collabacylin® helps to relieve FD by encouraging the entire collaborative team to follow a strict feedback procedure through the creation of simple yet effective feedback management documents. No more sorting through dozens of emails, hand-written notes, old voicemails, etc. to piece together your team’s feedback. And you don’t need overly complex tables, charts, and graphs to do it. For example, here is a sample revisions document we use to gather feedback on eLearning courses. It’s basic but effective in keeping feedback concise and organized.

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We hope that you practice safe and responsible collaboration and never have to use Collabacylin®. However, if you find that you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, talk to your healthcare professional immediately and to see if Collabacylin® is right for you. Happy and safe collaborating, everyone!

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