Strategic Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Planning
     Process Development and Implementation
     Hardware / Software Standards Development
     Specifying and Fulfilling Owner Requirements
     Project VDC Execution Planning
     Design Work Planning
     Collaboration and Consensus-Building Workshop
          Initial Workshop
          Refresher Workshops
     IPD Project Setup

The Science of Collaboration and Innovation

AECPE and Global Genesis bring together a unique combination of design/construction experience and global leadership development to facilitate an interactive, practical, two-day workshop that will give your team the skills and tools it needs to collaborate effectively and exceed client expectations.

The Background:                                                                   

Collaboration can best be summarized as a process where teams combine differing ideas to come up with a solution that is better than any of the original ideas.  Most if not all innovation has happened because someone combined ideas in a new way or looked at something from a new point of view.

The most fertile ground for innovation is a team that includes a broad spectrum of viewpoints and knowledge sets, but teams like this can also be the hardest to keep focused and driving toward a common goal.  This broad spectrum provides a lot of differing ideas and perspectives, but it also often generates a lot of friction, confrontation, and gridlock.

There is a simple reason for this.  We’re born with a hard wired instinct to see ideas that differ from our own as threats, and when we encounter such an idea we tend to automatically slip into a defensive mode that literally bypasses the parts of the brain that perform higher reasoning.  This response often happens without our realizing it, but we can learn to manage, control, and mitigate it.

Collaboration is often thought to be a personality trait or talent certain people are born with and the rest of us aren’t.  In the worlds of business management, negotiation, neuroscience, and psychology, though, there is a lot of science being done around collaboration, and this science has produced a body of specific tools - tested, documented, learnable skills for listening, thinking, and talking that enable interdisciplinary teams to integrate their knowledge and produce results better than any of the members could on their own. 

Participants will come away from the workshop equipped with tools that will enable them to help interdisciplinary teams to produce innovative results efficiently and effectively.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the two-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Develop insight into why collaborations succeed and fail
  • Cultivate a mindset and practice skills to create innovation and synergy
  • Apply tools for collaborating in groups that will create positive, synergistic group efforts - even if you are not in charge
  • Discuss truths and myths about collaboration
  • Build a concrete Action Plan to apply these skills to their own work resulting in superior project outcomes
     Day 1

  • Collaboration ice breaker
  • Introduction and context setting: Defining the challenge in the construction context – Collaboration – why bother?
  • Defining Collaboration
  • Simulation:  Collaborative problem-solving
  • The Collaborative Mindset and how to develop it
  • Simulation:  The Great Debate
  • How to manage the “defense reaction” and enhance collaboration
  • Summary of learning and beginning of Action Plan
     Day 2
  • Simulation: Sharing information
  • Principles of Collaboration
  • Communication Style Survey:  Your style under “normal” pressure and under high stress and its impact on collaboration
  • Skills
    • Advocacy/inquiry
    • Bridging
  • Simulation: Application of skills and debrief
  • Tools for Groups:
    • Avoiding “group think”
    • Interest-based problem solving
    • Decisions by consensus
  • Simulation: Consensus decision-making
  • Bringing it all together – completing the Action Plan

Refresher Workshops

The collaborative intention and skills must be maintained.  We monitor teams for best practices and for any decrease in collaboration effectiveness.  We design half-day refresher workshops individually to address the specific issues that are identified.  Initially these workshops should be held quarterly, but depending on the effectiveness of the team the frequency may be reduced to half-yearly as the project progresses.