Collaboration, Collaboration, Collaboration!

By Michel Genard

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We have all seen reports, studies or have first hand experiences about projects Tree_swing_70sfalling apart. One of my favorite illustrations about this phenomenon is the well-known “tree swing picture.” Interesting to note that it dates from the 1970’s… I guess there are things that never change!

Seriously, humor often comes from a seed of truth. In the case of this comic strip, the core issue is communication and mutual understanding between teams.  Speaking the same language is not a guarantee that teams are intelligently working together. Even when using  plain and simple English (although, the existence of “simple” English is debatable), we frequently witness a lack of understanding between hardware and software teams. Why? 

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