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Chapter 13. Open Architects > Hanging Loose, Hanging Together

Hanging Loose, Hanging Together

Adaptive collaboration is tailored for technical problem solving. It values neither tradition and stability nor innovation and change in themselves. What is important in this view of projects and progress is the adaptive fit between how the team is working and what it is they are working on. Today we're designing independent programs, so we work separately; tomorrow we have to come up with a common communications protocol, so we meet as a group; everyone has something to say about database architecture, so let's get all the ideas out on the table.

The aim in such a group is to hang loose and talk things through so that competing goals can be integrated and alternative approaches can be synthesized. They are, in a sense, continually reinventing themselves, changing the way they work to fit the needs of the moment and the group's long-term goals. Who is “in charge” and how they are in charge depends on what the group is doing.


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