Why does the Agile community encourage cross-functional teams?  So many large organizations have naturally organized into system-specific teams.  This is a very common and logical approach.  At scale, though, it creates serious impediments to organizational agility and getting things done.  We'll discuss the roots of that phenomenon, one of our key interests in cross-functional teams, patterns for enabling such a team structure, some failure modes, and how to prevent them.  Please join us!

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  1. Component Teams and Inter-Team Dependencies
  2. Feature Teams and Dependency Encapsulation
  3. Patterns for making Cross-Functional Teams viable in an environment accustomed to system-specific silos
  4. Failure modes when organizations attempt to move to cross-functional teams
  5. Preventing those failure modes

Learning Outcome

Participants will walk away with a better understanding of how certain ways of organizing multiple teams and dividing the labor between them impedes progress, regardless of the organization or competency of the persons involved.  We'll explore why it is better to eliminate cross-team dependencies and complexity rather than succumbing to the natural inclination that "we just need to manage that."  We'll also discuss some failure patterns we've seen when teams try to eliminate these dependencies without the right guardrails in place.

Target Audience

Executives, Managers, Scrum Masters, Coaches, or anyone with influence over the structure of multiple teams

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