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Why Collaboration is Vital to the Consulting Process

August 3, 2016

In the tech world, collaboration fosters intense innovation. In a collaborative environment, ground-breaking ideas are allowed to collide, creating a final product that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

At Appscore, we love it when we’re in a room filled with creative minds. Hearing people bounce off each other is inspiring and it’s here that we inevitably find the solution to any challenge.

So, how does it work?

In short, collaboration brings together people with different skills and inspirations. They’re all focused on one goal, and all ready to bring something different to the table to make the project exceptional.

Everyone works in different ways. Some people are creative, right-brain thinkers, while others tend towards their analytical sides. Others have an introspective approach, while their friends thrive on throwing ideas on the table and cherry-picking the best ones. Business and marketing types sit opposite developers, who are seated next to those who think artistically.

It’s a melting pot of ideas – and we love it.

We don’t forget individuals – we simply build on the power of one

Stage one of collaborative consulting relies on divergent thinking. Inside the consulting room, we undertake an intense ideas-generation process. Each person is equipped with a pen and paper and told to brainstorm as many ideas as possible. It’s here that the highest number of ideas are formed. But these ideas are still in their raw form. That’s where the second part of the process comes in.

Stage two is much more collaborative. After we have honed our own ideas, we come together to discuss in detail the good and bad parts of each solution. It’s here that our power truly shines.

If someone was to approach the same problem alone, they may come up with only half the solution. With collaboration, the puzzle pieces slot into place and we emerge with a set of ideas that really works.

It’s a free-for-all with no limits to imagination

In the consulting room, it’s important to engage the ideas of others; nothing is off limits. We don’t set rules and we don’t censor ideas – that’s how brilliance is quashed. Instead, we invite everyone to pitch in, no matter their role on the project. It really is the best way to think of an outstanding solution to our problem.

When we collaborate, we expand the number of potential solutions. In short, we’re able to access nearly unlimited viewpoints and dramatically expand the odds of reaching a solution.