Collaboration is not merely the act of multiple people working to produce an outcome. However many teams and organizations approach it as such. Collaboration itself is more specific. With in it there are a variety of principles and considerations. Looking at how many organizations approach the idea of collaboration, i think it’s important to distinguish between collaboration and coordination.
Collaboration: the act of making decisions as a group in order to build a shared understanding while respecting and utilizing individual areas of expertise and skills.
Coordination: the act of aligning individual work efforts to produce outcomes that will eventually be assembled into or utilized in the formation of an end product.
Most, if not all projects will (or should) involve both collaboration and coordination but understanding their differences and how they relate to the progress and momentum of your team is a critical first step in any teams efforts to improve how they work together.