"Plans are worthless. Planning is essential."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Project management can be particularly difficult when cross-functional project teams are involved. Oftentimes such a team composition is required to ensure a successful project from a delivery standpoint, and many business disciplines can be involved. The project manager in this case must not only be an expert at project management, but must also have general and cross-functional business experience, be skilled at conflict resolution and gaining consensus, and have experience with the agile methodology.
- User stories describing project functionality
- Communication plans for cross-functional teams
- Scrum master coaching and facilitation as required
- Team composition and sprint definitions
- Current state and roadmap documentation development as required
Cross-functional teams enable organizations to have flatter structures and less rigid functional departments. As companies move more toward a more multi-directional rather than hierarchical structure it becomes more important to project success that agile project management techniques be used.
This agile-based approach to initiatives result in better decision-making throughout projects as teams have access to a much wider range of information. A more holistic and expanded scope of information and resources increases the efficiency of cross-functional teams by reducing the time required to gather information from resources not involved in the project.
Finally, by utilizing small cross-platform teams with clear short-term goals to accomplish larger enterprise initiatives, organizations can realize more interactive and iterative strategic objective development as a whole. The risk of top-down or singular goal-setting is eliminated.
- Working with sponsors and stakeholders to establish clear directions and goals
- Identification and knowledge transfer from subject matter experts
- Agile-based cross-functional team creation
- Well-defined regular sprints to ensure progress and show value
- Regular scrums to ensure individual sprint successes
Download the Agile Project Management PDF for more information.