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Shared understanding can be defined as the situation when two or more people understand each other's worldviews and use of language.
"Shared understanding" is not the same as "same understanding." Shared understanding includes understanding where and why there are differences in opinion and language.
Shared understanding is a prerequisite to effective collaboration. However, developing shared understanding is not a linear, one-time process.
You can measure shared understanding using the Squirm Test.
Developing shared understanding is not and cannot be a linear process. People think in different ways, and all of those are helpful in developing shared understanding.
A good design process must accomodate these nonlinear cognitive processes rather than try to impose linearity artificially onto a group.
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