Pretty sure there's no way of doing that without really messing things up. What sort of changes would they be making? Would server work instead?
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Short answer: you can't.
Longer answer: twb files are generated XML which is notoriously difficult to merge - effectively impossible - so I wouldn't even consider this. Instead coordinate and pass it around, or use centralised, shared datasoources and work on multiple workbooks.
You really ought to use version control (Subversion is the easiest to get going, run through Simple SVN Document: Getting Started with SVN Client and Get up and running with TortoiseSVN and Subversion in 15 minutes. | Blog@Surfulater) and then you can coordinate shared datasources and get control and tracking of all work on the twb files themselves.
I recommend putting your whole tableau repository under version control (set it to ignore the logs and any tmp files). Probably have it ignore tde files too ("generated binary files should not be in version control"), but I've found in lieu of Shared Datasources from Server (the best way to solve this), having the extracts in a separate SVN repo is an alright solution. Keep them separate to the twb files because they consume stacks of space and you don't really need to backup the repo for them.
Great answer Nathaniel.
Thanks for the great response