How can we increase collaboration effectiveness in IT? Developing relationships and being respectful are fundamental - how can we build further on that? In this session, participants will be introduced to and given opportunities to practice concepts of interest-based collaboration, as taught by the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Harvard Law School. Instead of coming to a discussion with pre-conceived one-sided solutions to a problem (called “positions”) and then competing with others over potentially conflicting positions - which can increase conflict and tension - interest-based collaboration requires participants to think in more open and flexible terms. In this collaboration style, discussion topics are explored deeper for underlying importance so that more solutions can be thought of together, thereby increasing the potential for mutual benefit, buy-in, effectiveness and follow through.