Lean or not lean? I’m struggling to get multi-functional teams working in our programme. Today, our programme organisation mirrors the current business teams (the BAU “silos”). In the coming months we have some major deliverables to produce, where all functional teams must cooperate. With today’s organisation, the teams can’t readily plan their work, as they each have a silo view – they are highly dependent on other teams for scheduling and decisions, for inputs and outputs.

The lean approach is to maximise cross functional team work. Each multi-functional team can then work back from the deliverable due date and manage its own work plan. The cross functional team produces a single, unified deliverable. It has its own internal communications (meetings, chats, virtual spaces…)

That’s lean project management.

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Written by Jeff on April 28, 2010 in blog
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