A "cross-functional project" is a synonym for "nightmare project" in any corporate. One has to remain on guard from so-called cross-functional team members. And be very cautious and politically bolted in communications. The term 'team' is a misnomer there.
A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other. - Simon SinekCross-functional teams are the fundamental weak link for all development methods (lean, agile, kanban, waterfall etc.). Its inefficiency deprives these methods of realizing their full execution benefits. The credibility of the development method itself goes down. Despite the root problem was in the team dynamics.
Cross-functional teams - "Complete your assigned tasks."These teams are present in all projects involving different departments. The representatives from different departments work together. They play their defined part in a larger project and do not need to worry about other counterparts tasks. The final outcome is not everyone's responsibility.
Characteristics of typical Cross-Functional Teams:
Solver Teams - "Sail and sink together. Get-Shit-Done!!"Solver team is a self-sufficient set of people who are tasked to 'Solve' a defined problem. Together they are accountable for the outcome.
It is called 'Solver' team, as the intent is to solve a problem, not just build features. Often a problem can be solved just by using docs, spreadsheets or even pen-paper itself. The success metric is same for all team members. This motivates members to help each other and avoid failing together.
Characteristics of Solver Teams -
*P.S. - Solver teams concept was conceived in the early hyper growth and expansion phase at OYO. Phase in which OYO grew from ~5 to 200 cities, ~50 to 6000 hotels, from few to ~3000 employees. Now it is also powering the violent execution at Knowlarity, as it gets set to conquer the cloud communications space.
Originally posted on Linked IN by: Ajay Shrivastava
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