Principles of Visual Collaboration
Principle One: Representing Information Visually to Increase Understanding
Collaborations often fail because team members see the world through different and often contradictory filters, experiences and priorities. Visual Collaboration illustrates every key aspect of a project as drawings, pictures or word diagrams to build shared frameworks for understanding, choice and action. Visually accurate representations - abstract or literal, data or opinion driven, simple or complex - help clarify the real pressures facing the group, what success looks like, and how the team will realize their goals.
Principle Two: Building Prototypes that Promote Conversation, Interaction and Choice
Traditional collaborations also fail because team interactions are often restricted to just talking or showing PowerPoint presentations. Visual Collaboration engages teams to draw, construct, prototype and even act out ideas. When ideas take tangible form, teams experience the fuller impact and consequences of choices early, helping learning, encouraging variations, and avoiding costly mistakes or communication breakdowns.
Principle Three: Applying Persistent Panoramic Frameworks to Improve Memory
Collaborations fail when teams have no way to coordinate their work, especially the invariable changes. Visual Collaboration creates represent representations of the work. The key architecture. the missing part of collaboration techniques is the illustration of key elements, literally surrounding the people in their thoughts. This enhances memory and innovation enabling teams to compare and contrast.