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Today‘s Collaborative Teams Require More
Developing today’s complex products and systems requires the varied
expertise of dispersed, collaborative teams. Such teams face new challenges
in technical management. Teams need new technical management methods that
can effectively move them forward toward their goals.
Increasingly, companies are becoming aware that an exclusive emphasis
on process is no longer sufficient. Many teams using the best processes
still fail to meet their goals. Successful teams meet today‘s challenges
by a broader focus on:
People - the cohesion and effectiveness
of the combined “team of teams” that must work together to
create the product system.
Processes - the methods used by those
people, with particular focus on the specific processes that facilitate
dispersed, collaborative teams, and.
Technology - the effective application
of the right technologies to the product systems and to the development
Such a broader focus cannot be achieved, however, just by expanding what
you consider and track. If you expand your process emphasis to people
and technology areas, team management would founder in the morass of tracking
Teams need simple yet effective tools like:
What makes a team work - The importance
of team cohesion, and the factors that you can use to foster cohesion.
How dispersed teams communicate effectively
- The ways in which people communicate, and how those can be enhanced
for geographically-dispersed teams.
Which processes work - When a “team
of teams” performs work in different locations, changes you must
make to standard processes to enhance success.
How to apply the right technology -
Methods for choosing the right technologies to apply, and ways to get
people to accept them.
What to emphasize Now - A risk-based
analytic method to evaluate your team’s progress across all required
areas, simple enough to be used biweekly, detailed enough to tell you
what needs increased emphasis.
Essay date 28 Apr 02