Bridging Silos and Overcoming Collaboration Antipatterns in Multidisciplinary Organisations

I’ve noticed an increasingly worrying trend in the industry of specialisation and silos at the expense of collaboration, shared responsibility and valuable outcomes.

There are many reasons for this, from organisational structures that reinforce hierarchy and power, to incentives and rewards that encourage individualistic behaviour and uncertainty and change. This trend is creating silos, across organisations and departments, between roles, and even in teams.

In this talk, I will explore some common anti-patterns that I have seen in different organisations and the problems that those anti-patterns create, then share some approaches and techniques to break those silos down to work together better.


Emily Webber

Author of Building Successful Communities of Practice, Organizational Consultant, Coach, Trainer and Speaker

Emily is a UK-based independent Agile organisational consultant, coach, trainer and speaker. Her work focuses on creating environments where people and teams thrive. She does this by enabling effective collaboration, embedding iterative and user-focused ways of working, initiating communities of practice initiatives and leading initiatives for growing skills and capabilities. All of which help create sustainable change.

Before starting Tacit in 2014, she was the Head of Agile Delivery at Government Digital Service (GDS), where she set the standard of effective agile delivery. At GDS, she modelled the now widely-followed approach to communities of practice, which is illustrated in her book Building Successful Communities of Practice and has helped many organisations benefit from them.

She is always seeking opportunities to give back to the Agile community. She has founded several meetups, including Agile in the EtherAgile Liverpool, Agile on the Bench and Agile in Leeds. In addition, she is an experienced keynote speaker who presents at conferences around the world.

She blogs at and lists a bunch of side projects at

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