Regular transparent communication will be what nourishes the collaboration, keeps it fresh and ultimately will help to ensure its success. Skype is very effective particularly where collaborators are separated by large distances. In a Skype call when more than two people are ‘on’ it tends to focus minds on work rather than chat, especially if the interactions and thoughts are captured in a contemporaneous written record alongside the call using a tool such as ‘Pirate Pad’. In Pirate Pad every collaborator’s contribution has a different colour code. So no partner can say that they didn’t make a particular commitment! If it’s in your colour then you not only signed up for it, the proposal was actually your suggestion!