“Core Protocols” is a collection of best practices that enable individuals, teams, and entire organizations to communicate openly and effectively with one another. They were developed by Jim and Michele McCarthy based on their extensive experience in technology projects and made freely available to the public. The McCarthys and other users profit from the open-source idea, resulting in many modifications and improvements to existing protocols. Each Core Protocol consists of a simple set of communication and behavior rules. The use of the Core Protocols is voluntary and should be established and implemented over time. Innovation Teams can adapt and modify the Core Protocols according to their team culture.
Core Protocols, when used correctly, facilitate constructive problem-solving while allowing more rational and fast decision-making. Communication between people of different backgrounds becomes more responsive and transparent when they share a common understanding of basic standards of conduct. Particularly diverse teams benefit from improved collaboration and increased work commitment from each individual, leading to improved overall performance in innovation over the long term.