Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales discusses\n what it takes for effective groups to work, why speed is a\n big deal and more. \n1) You need mechanisms in place\n for effective collaboration. Certainly, people can\n post bad things onto a wiki, a message board, or a mailing\n list. The real question is, What systems are in place to\n deal with this? The mechanisms of a wiki have proven highly\n effective and have to do with the ability of the community\n to revise the content or revert to a prior state, and the\n ability to block communication by people who are causing\n trouble.2) Online identity is important. But\n requiring people to use real names online seems to be a\n solution to a problem that doesn\u2019t exist. When people\n decide to interact anonymously with no stable identity, then\n bad behavior is the usual result. The safeguard mechanisms\n mentioned above can address such a situation. Meanwhile,\n contributors who use a steady pseudonym can and do gain\n reputation capital in a way that establishes credibility just\n as a real name would offline.3) A successful collaboration requires a shared\n vision. A good example of this is a successful wiki\n called wowwiki.com , a wiki about the online\n computer game World of Warcraft. There, participants work\n together successfully because they have a shared vision of\n the kind of work they are trying to complete: a\n comprehensive guide to all things World of Warcraft. We see\n the same pattern over and over: A charitable goal like that\n of Wikipedia is not necessary. Neutrality is not necessary.\n But a shared vision is.\n Related Link\n \n New Tool Exposes Self-Edits in Wikipedia\n 4) Organizations are becoming flatter. Flat\n hierarchies are incredibly powerful and, due to technologies\n like wikis that allow peer-to-peer communication without a lot\n of barriers, flat hierarchies are taking hold across the\n business world. Maybe some people are hesitant, but there is an\n overwhelming adoption of collaborative technologies going on\n right now. If old-fashioned CIOs are not seeing this, they\n should be replaced.5) Speed is incredibly important. A fast\n and flexible system will always beat a paranoid system that\n wants to get everything right before publication.