Written By
Sara McGuyer
February 02, 2015
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Resources for Collaboration

February 02, 2015

Reviewing collaborative resources

This morning we kicked off the collaboration deck project to document the exercises we've created for client kick offs and other meeting experiences. One of our first to-dos: review some examples from out in the wild. There are some fantastic collaboration resources out there, if you know where to look.

Here are three great resources we looked to for inspiration:

1) IDEO Method Cards.
IDEO created this deck way back in 2003. They say the deck is useful to "inspire creativity, to communicate with your team, or to turn a corner in your thinking." We agreed so much that these have earned a spot next to sticky notes and sharpies in our collaboration toolkit. We love these cards because they have great high level categories—Look, Learn, Ask, Try—that help us browse through them, and they ask great questions to get things started.

2) Service Design Tools
The Service Design Tools website is an "open collection of communication tools used in design processes that deal with complex systems." While that might sound a little overwhelming, we love this site for its real-world case studies and photos of the processes in action.

3) Frog's Collective Action Toolkit
This one is very robust, a real gold standard in sharing collaborative processes. This toolkit explains everything you need to successfully facilitate an experience down to the last detail—the supplies, the amount of time, as well as making suggestions about which other exercises might pair well together.