Cross Functional Teams

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Cross-functional Teams If a team member gets hurt in a car accident or begins their planned vacation, can the team still meet its’ goals and objectives or is there trouble looming ahead? A Team who develops into a cross-functional team, a group of people with different functional expertise working towards the same goal, does not have to worry about situations like these. Cross-functional teams have learned the concepts and have taken the necessary steps to allow their team to be successful even when situations like these arise. Teams who want to transform into cross-functional teams need to be willing to make sacrifices, share knowledge, and put forth more effort than what their job normally requires. They will need to use open team…show more content…
They team will need to scrutinize their processes and ask themselves many questions in order to correctly do this task. How many tasks are required to successfully complete the team’s goals and objectives? Does our process flow smoothly in a logical manner without causing avoidable extra steps and time-consuming repeated steps? Do we have all of the necessary tools and needs for our workstations? Can the process be better arranged to maximize the time utilized by the team? All of these questions will need to be answered by the team as a whole. A team that uses all of its’ team members’ collective knowledge and ideas to scrutinize, improve, and solve the issues that the team faces will have better results. Most of the time team members will learn and educate each other during this process. This process is not as easy as it sounds but there are many tools available to assist the team in achieving results. The Schlage Lock organization uses many tools that lend to the success of completing this process. Brainstorming, flow charts, and many Six Sigma techniques such as poka yoking and the one-piece workflow are used quite often. These tools encourage all team members to share their ideas and thoughts of what is right with the process, as well as, what is wrong with the process. This is not a one-step or one time process. The team may continue this process using as many tools
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