Becoming a cross-functional product team
Building great software products is a team sport – which means it ain't easy. Anyone who has tried to align cross-functional teams around the "what"s and "why"s knows just how hard it can be.
Here's a hand-picked collection of plays that'll help build a shared understanding of your team's goals and keep momentum high so your team is happier, healthier, and more effective.
Top 4 plays for project management
These plays help keep your team focused, your stakeholders informed, and your project moving right along.
Typically, this technique is used for root-cause analysis after a problem is discovered. But! Cross-functional product teams can use it to dig into the problem space around a feature they're building or customer pain point they're trying to solve.
At the start of this exercise, your team will problem or project from a designer's perspective, a developer's perspective, a tester's perspective, etc. By the end, you'll all be seeing it from the customer's perspective.
Your team members have different skills, priorities, and problem-solving styles. Which is great... until you can't decide which direction to go. Use this play to get high-level guidance from leadership.
Cross-functional projects are more complex than solo projects. Use this play to think through the problem you're solving, strategic fit, risks, assumptions, and possible solutions.
Project Team Health Monitor
Use the Health Monitor to self-assess against eight attributes common amongst high-performing teams, then track your progress over time.
Gather your project team for an honest discussion about how you're working together.
Because there's always more to learn.
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