(To see the other posts in this series go to the March and April 2018 Blog Archive.)
Time gaps are one of the first signs of a failing collaboration. They are periods when a collaboration and its activities seem to disappear.
These gaps occur because the time, effort and resources observers usually see devoted to getting things done and achieving objectives are diverted inwards towards less visible attempts at uncovering and limiting a collaboration's internal conflicts and other flaws (and because partners, sensing the demise of a collaboration, begin to make themselves scarce).
When a collaboration falls into a time gap, it must take immediate action to lift itself out. It can do this by perceiving the time gap as a 'latency phase' that needs to be effectively managed and passed through. I describe the 'Partnership (or Collaborative) Latency Phase' and how to deal with it effectively here and here.