Collaboration in Scrum refers to the Scrum Core Team working together and interfacing with the stakeholders to create and validate the deliverables of the project to meet the goals outlined in the Project Vision. It is important to note the difference between cooperation and collaboration here. Cooperation occurs when the work product consists of the sum of the work efforts of various people on a team. Collaboration occurs when a team works together to play off each other's inputs to produce something greater.
The core dimensions of collaborative work are as follows:
- Awareness — Individuals working together need to be aware of each other's work.
- Articulation —Collaborating individuals must partition work into units, divide the units among team members, and then after the work is done, reintegrate it.
- Appropriation —Adapting technology to one's own situation; the technology may be used in a manner completely different than expected by the designers.
Some of the benefits of Collaboration are:
- Minimization of change requests
- Risk Mitigation
- Increase in efficiency
- Continuous improvement