In the context of scientific research, data analysis is often a collective, rather than individual endeavor. This raises the question how MAXQDA allows for teamwork.
We recommend using MAXQDA TeamCloud for team collaboration. This offers many advantages over manual solutions for teamwork, such as email notifications, automatic management of external files, and the simple import of projects from team colleagues.
All advantages and requirements for using MAXQDA TeamCloud can be found in a separate manual.
Are you already working with the MAXQDA TeamCloud? Then only the Intercoder Agreement feature explained in this chapter is important for you. The other functions, such as merge projects, are integrated into the TeamCloud workflow.
Guide: Working in Teams with MAXQDA
This guide combines the organizational, technical and - as far as necessary for understanding - methodological aspects of teamwork in qualitative research projects into a practical manual. In this guide, teamwork is understood not only as the joint analysis of data but as analysis based on the division of labor.
Teamwork with MAXQDA (when not using the MAXQDA TeamCloud) is possible in three principle forms, depending on how the team members want to work together.
1. Handing over a complete MAXQDA project to another team member
Different people work with the same master version of a project file. They perform coding, writing memos, text retrievals, and other kinds of analysis with this master project. But, they do not work simultaneously on the master version. The MAXQDA project is therefore passed from team member to team member, each time for further processing.
2. Transfering coded segments, memos, variables, etc. between projects
A MAXQDA project with all the documents to be processed is duplicated for each team member. Each member works on a pre-arranged part of the project, for example, only segments coded with selected codes, or only certain documents. At the end, the coded segments, memos, etc. are transferred from the respective projects into a master project.
3. Merging MAXQDA projects
Each member is working in a separate project that contains only the documents that he or she is responsible for. At the end, all three projects are merged. For example, team member A transcribes and paraphrases 10 interviews, B transcribes another 10 interviews, and team member C collects and codes web pages and online documents.
MAXQDA also offers additional functions that are useful for teamwork:
User Access Management
MAXQDA allows you to assign rights for individual users. For example, you can set it up such that others cannot make changes to text documents to ensure that everyone is always working with the same data body.
Finally, there is a function that checks for intercoder matches. MAXQDA helps you to check and improve the quality of your coding work by comparing yours with other members in your team.