We’ve already discussed designing processes and workflows that encourage collaboration. It also helps to identify special opportunities that arise day-to-day to further foster collaboration.
For example, when a developer or tester is having difficulty in accomplishing a task, ask the team for a volunteer to assist him or her. Solving problems collaboratively and voluntarily is a great way to strengthen the team.
Similarly, when research is needed into a particular technology, assign the task to more than one person. This not only encourages collaboration, but often results in better research.
What’s more, good collaboration involves healthy working relationships. Leads should ease into group meetings by taking a few minutes to ask members how they are doing, how their weekend was, for example. This “humanizes” what can otherwise be a task-based operation devoid of team atmosphere.