Assessing Progress: Timeline Revisited
At the formal end of a collaboration, participants are encouraged to revisit the timeline with two main goals in mind: first, to review the schedule for work and confirm that all “assignments” and responsibilities have been completed; and second, to reflect on the process throughout the collaboration and discuss what has been helpful (or not helpful) in terms of keeping on schedule.
Revisit the timeline developed in the early stages of the collaboration and at the last check-in and reflect on its usefulness.
1. Review progress of work to date. Look at the time that has elapsed and discuss whether individual and group goals have been reached since the last check-in.
-Has everyone been doing the work to which they have committed?
-Has the work been completed on time?
-Are there other supports (e.g. technology) or strategies (e.g. communication) that may help work to get done within a more efficient timeframe?
-Do you still believe that achievement of smaller goals will lead to success with the large purpose goal of the collaboration?
2. Reflect on the overall timeline for the collaboration. Assess its usefulness and accuracy throughout the duration of the collaboration.
3. Next time, in setting up a collaboration (or in continuing work for this collaboration), what might you do differently? Consider:
-Were the deadlines and schedules realistic?
-Were individual and group goals met? What could have been more helpful?
-Did individuals take ownership of their particular responsibilities?
-What was the usefulness of regular group check-ins? How might you organize this differently the next time?
4. Document the discussion (as much as possible) for reference for future collaborations. Think about a list of tips or advice that you might offer to someone who is about to embark on a collaboration.