Constructive Collaboration - Overview

In January 2015 Andrew Wright began an initiative that aimed to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration and develop simple solutions to enable teams to integrate more effectively and deliver much better outcomes.

A small team of committed consultants formed a steering group and this rapidly expanded into a group of around 25 like-minded individuals and organisations from across the industry, coordinated by Andrew Wright Associates (AWA).

The initiative looked at a range of successful collaborative projects and assimilated the key issues that made them work so well. To understand and demonstrate how teams behave throughout such a project, we developed a unique three-dimensional social networking model. The model compared behaviour between collaborative projects and 'traditional' projects, and illustrated the impact of different levels of innovation.

in 2016, a series of integration workshops captured and fused the views of the group, which had grown to more than 60 organisations including clients, consultants, constructors, institutes and educators (coordinated by AWA). Much of the initial research and development stage was supported and part-funded by a variety of eminent groups and institutes, with AWA providing the rest of the funding.

The integration workshops helped capture the principal issues and subsidiary elements that form the bases for successful collaborative working, and these were expressed in the Project Wheel – the centre of Constructive Collaboration’s methodology.

AWA then elected to translate the work into practical solutions for practice. AWA funded and developed new software and processes that enable teams to assess themselves and identify areas for improvement.

The process has been validated with a group of Early Adopters on important projects and programmes. AWA are now supporting a range of major clients to use Constructive Collaboration in practice and their feedback has been very positive, showing clearly that the process works. AWA is currently widening this pathfinder group to include other sectors and smaller projects, to broaden interest and involvement in the initiative.

This is a brief overview of Constructive Collaboration. At the end of October, AWA will also launch on line resources that will be accessible to all, and free, to start dissemination of non-commercial, public benefit outputs.

As the work in practice proceeds, further learning will be developed into public benefit updates.