In multidisciplinary teams people often say that they have trouble understanding each other. They use the same terms, but have different meanings for them. That can be confusing, but at the same time it is the source of innovation and creativity. Like-minded experts tend to agree and to repeat what has worked so well before. […]Read More Positive tension in multidisciplinary teams
Projects are an organizational way of working that makes it really easy to gather a team and combine diverse knowledges and skills. A project is a learning machine, if you will, but it has a problem: it’s even easier to forget than it was to learn. Let’s think of a single project venture, aiming for […]Read More Project amnesia and lessons learned
The core team represents an intense concentration of power to adjust project performance. It is the core unit of learning, continuity and accountability. However the dynamics of relying on their skills on getting the job done vs. fulfilling the real customer needs is all a balancing act. People learn – and customers are people too. […]Read More Core team dynamics – how to preserve balance on customer needs?
In R&D teams cross-disciplinarity is the key to success. The best new things are invented in-between domains, by lending, re-using, mixing and matching validated operating models and ideas from another discipline. But what skills should you have in person and on what task should you collaborate with cross-disciplinary expertise? At the team level the professional […]Read More Professional identities vs. building cross-disciplinary skills