Collaboration is the habit of a business built to last. Every company is different and taking the right approach isn’t always easy, but SMART Technologies have come up with a self-assessment tool to help you make collaboration a success.
You can find SMART’s Collaboration Maturity Assessment here. You’ll need an account to use the tool, but self-assessment is completely free. And the questions you answer will tell you how well your business collaborates and suggest improvements.
With your maturity ranking you can compare your business against industry best practices and rival organisations. With this data you can address the strengths and weaknesses of your collaboration system – and see how your business can get more from collaborative technology.
Know your maturity raking
The self-assessment tool collects your answers and grades your maturity ranking. There are five results: unsupported, not integrated, integrated, collaborative and optimised.
- unsupported refers to organisations without any collaborative strategy and with little or no technology in place to enhance teamwork.
- not integrated describes the business experimenting with technology but no collaborative strategy in mind. Price is a main concern and basic technology shows little integration between hardware, software and other systems.
- integrated businesses believe in collaboration. They actively invest in collaborative technology, with integration between systems. But these systems aren’t available to everyone and there is no strategy for training or process.
- collaborative results go to organisations with a full strategy in place. This includes integrated systems, training and processes. All that’s missing is variety – a range of collaborative environments for different types of group work.
- optimised organisations have transformed the way they work with collaboration. Full integration is available to everyone and a range of collaborative environments are in place. Informal, structured, formal and dispersed environments get everyone collaborating more effectively.
Feedback for better collaboration
The online assessment tool tells you which of these stages your business is currently at. Once you have your ranking the tool lets you compare your results to industry standards and best practices. This helps you identify areas where you can improve collaboration within your business.
Most importantly, the self-assessment tool provides a report with suggested improvements. This can include more effective integration of the technology your business already uses. Or it might be time to call upon a more dynamic system for your entire workforce. It could even be something simple, like changing a few work habits to get more from your collaborative strategy.
Whatever results you get from the assessment tool, it gives you a clearer idea of how effective your business collaborates. Impartial insight shows you what to keep doing and where you can do better. Simple feedback demystifies collaboration and makes it easier to create a collaboration strategy that works. Above all, it helps you get the most from your technology investment – and avoid wasting money on the wrong tech or poor implementation.