Collaboration across organizational silos

Hilde Bakkeli

Lightning talk - in English

As a product development team in a large organization you may need to collaborate with other parts of the organization to deliver value to the end users. Your colleagues may have different professions and work culture than your own. Starting off without a shared language, understanding of the goals, process or roles, the collaboration might turn more difficult than expected.

Our team in Oslo kommune work on a mobile app to enable simpler access to buildings, services and events for the inhabitants of Oslo. In order for the product to succeed, it requires close collaboration with people and departments spread across a large organizational map.

What are the factors to make cross-organizational collaboration succeed? In this lightning talk I will share four relevant factors from organizational psychology as foundation for successful collaboration between groups, as well as experiences from Oslo kommune and previous projects.