Stack Overflow\nInspired by Gartner\u2019s report \u201cChanging Behaviors: From Working in Silos to Working Collaboratively\u201d\nThe biggest asset for any company is knowledge - whether that\u2019s intellectual property, proprietary code or systems, or deep expertise in a specific industry. Knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge is what gives companies a competitive advantage. But here\u2019s the trick - combining perspectives, working collaboratively across teams - that\u2019s the true game changer for businesses.\nThe benefits from business collaboration are clear and well documented: generating revenue, boosting productivity, improving the allocation of resources, and reducing inefficiencies.\nCollaboration isn\u2019t as easy as putting people in rooms together, assigning them a project to work on together, or bringing in a new tool or suite of tools. It requires behavioral changes.\n\nWorking collaboratively requires a commitment by individuals and groups to do work in different ways, to make decisions in a different way, and to give up specialized and single-purpose resources.\n\nTo start breaking down silos and working collaboratively, Gartner recommends using a From\/To\/Because model. This documents the specific behaviors you expect from teams - clear behavioral signs that the team is working collaboratively.\n\nFrom:\u00a0describe the way people behave today so that there is obvious contrast between the way that work gets done today and what you expect moving forward (\u201cTo\u201d).\nTo:\u00a0for each \u201cFrom\u201d point, describe what working collaboratively means in your organization.\nBecause:\u00a0describe why the change is necessary, and not just for a single group, but for the organization overall.\n\nFor more information on From\/To\/Because model, read\u00a0this.\nWhen picking a project to collaborate on, you are looking for something where the outcome of the team matters, and the interdependencies of currently siloed groups are obvious. Don\u2019t make it feel like it\u2019s a one-off collaboration. Set the expectation that collaboration is the new normal.\nCollaborating with new people is intimidating for some employees. It can be as nerve-wracking as starting a new job - new faces, new personalities, and new information.\u00a0\u00a0\n\nAsking them to give up control, share information or change the design of systems to make them more interoperable could be perceived as a threat to the security of their jobs. They experience a sense of \u00a0job security because of their deep expertise in the silo they inhabit.\n\nGiving people access to information and knowledge empowers them. They feel informed and prepared. Quick things you can do to get started:\n\nGive employees a central source to discover information and share knowledge. They can learn who the experts are in certain topics and give them an ability to share their expertise. They will learn that sharing information, as well as learning new things, doesn\u2019t diminish their status, but elevates it, and grows their network and influence at the same time.\nMake sure cross-silo teams have time to get to know each other before doing work. A central place where people can get to know each other personally will have significant positive impacts on the speed that collaboration happens.\u00a0\u00a0\n\nIn utilizing \u00a0Stack Overflow for Teams, the entire organization is able to contribute to knowledge sharing and collaboration from day one. Whether an employee is looking for details on an upcoming product roadmap or who the expert is on a specific technology, they\u2019ll be able to find the most useful information based on their coworkers\u2019 input across any department. They\u2019ll feel informed and have a way to share their expertise before collaboration begins. With an internal knowledge sharing and collaboration program using Stack Overflow for Teams, it eliminates silos and sets the stage for working collaboratively.\u00a0\nTo learn more, visit Stack Overflow for Teams here.