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The one question to ask before setting up a cross-functional team

Rocking Cross-Functional Teams

A bold claim was made in a recent post by Ted Bauer, a content guy interested in engagement, management, and leadership. He wrote:

Cross-functional teams are almost completely and entirely bullshit.

Bauer’s conclusion is based on personal experience, but also on results of a study published in the Harvard Business Review that found 75% of the cross-functional teams studied were dysfunctional. That dysfunction was based on teams failing on at least three of five criteria:

  • Meeting a planned budget
  • Staying on schedule
  • Adhering to specifications
  • Meeting customer expectations
  • Maintaining alignment with the company’s corporate… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report #815: Windows 10 and challenges for Microsoft

The Hobson & Holtz ReportIntro: Neville’s back in the co-hosting chair, listener survey in the works;

Quick News: Meerkat partners with Discovery for Shark Week, selfies to replace passwords in MasterCard online payments trial, US Postal Service to debut digital mail, new business podcast series launches in Ireland; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop;

News That Fits: The challenges for Microsoft as it prepares to roll out Windows 10; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; human curation and the art of content discovery; listener comments; Dan York’s Tech Report: Ello bill of rights, IPv4 exhaustion, InterCommunity2015 and Ottawa; PR in a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #160: Twitter Q&As gone bad, Virtual Reality gets real, Meerkat swims with sharks

Friday Wrap #160
Flickr photo of wrapped-up dinosaurs courtesy of Matt Brown
The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. Of special note this week: The number of stories on the adoption of Virtual and Augmented Reality warranted its own special section. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast) on my link blog, which you’re… Read More »