You don’t need a formal partnership to collaborate
We didn’t have a clear enough objective. At the same time, we wanted to define our objective collectively. It seemed like a catch 22!
But then we thought – you don’t need a formal partnership to collaboratively define an objective. So we started reaching out and listening to others in the sector, and are currently designing a phase of user led research. Both are collaborating, both are not happening within a formal partnership.
And on reflection, perhaps a formal partnership isn’t required at all in order to collaborate. Perhaps collaboration will be through a series of smaller collaborations and a collaborative working style. Perhaps it will happen within a formal partnership, with agreed roles and responsibilities and a steering committee. We don’t know yet – but certainly my thinking has been challenged about this already.
What has been your experience with creating formal partnerships on digital projects?