Cross functional teams are groups consisting of people from different functional areas of the company – for example, marketing, product, sales, and customer success. These can be working groups, where each member belongs to their functional team as well as the cross functional team, or they can be the primary structure of your organization.

Cross functional teams help organizations put their customers first, by encouraging effective communication across teams.

Cross-functional teams are a competitive advantage for an organization.

They’re like superhero team-ups, where different individuals with different sets of unique abilities will work together for one common purpose. Every organization has potential resources scattered within in the form of various departments—HR, Marketing, Sales, Production, Purchasing, Accounting, Research, etc. Bring them all together and here’s what you will get:

Tips To Create Top-Performing Cross-Functional Teams

  1. Bring a little diversity in your organization
  2. Keep the goals aligned
  3. Include influencers/subject matter experts
  4. Stop over-relying on meetings (let people bump into each other and chat)
  5. Embrace automation and technological advancements
  6. Ensure psychological safety


References & Further Readings About Cross-functional teams

  1. What are Cross Functional Teams? | Planview

    Learn about cross functional teams, groups consisting of people from different functional areas of the company, and why they exist.

  2. Lean Cross Functional Teams 1 of 1

    1 of 1 - Lean Cross Functional Teams for individual and company success..

  3. Cross-functional teams are groups of people with different functional skillsets who work together towards a common goal. Learn best practices to build an efficient cross-functional team in Agile.

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    While the first article of this series was about Agile culture basics: its principles and values, prejudices about Agile — this one is going to be about cross-functional teams. Speaking about…

  5. My Tryst with Lean and Cross Functional Teams

    Do you happen to encounter the following challenges in your agile delivery project?

  6. What is Cross Functional Collaboration? - Kainexus

    Cross-functional collaboration occurs when people from different operational areas join forces to solve problems or implement process improvements.

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