This activity is intended as a reminder and a “placeholder” for collaborators to revisit the timeline that has presumably been laid out at the beginning of the collaboration. Sometimes timelines are developed but not maintained. In order to keep on track and hold all collaborators responsible for timely work, it is beneficial to revisit the timeline periodically.
Revisit the timeline developed in the early stages of the collaboration.
1. Review progress of work to date. Look at the time that has elapsed and discuss whether individual and group goals have been reached.
-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 larger purpose goal of the collaboration?
2. Look at the months and year(s) that lie ahead. Given your current work with the collaboration, what adjustments might you make to the timeline?
-Do schedules of timelines need to be adjusted?
-Do individual and group goals need to be tailored?
-Do assignments of responsibilities need to be readdressed?
-What may make achievement of these goals possible? Impossible?
3. Make any suggested changes to the timeline and be sure that everyone receives a copy (hard copy or online). If you haven’t already, you may want to assign a “task master” so that someone is responsible for keeping the timeline up-to-date and also checking progress.
4. Assign another date to revisit the timeline. Depending on the duration of the collaboration, this might be an activity to complete every few months.