Cross-Functional Teams: Reasons for Failure

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Carlo Scodanibbio
Management Consultant, South Africa

Cross-Functional Teams: Reasons for Failure

Of course teams - including cross-functional teams - may fail: not achieving the set targets - or not efficiently, in terms of time/resources utilised - and, most critical, with members ending the team meeting dissatisfied, or frustrated, or convinced that it was a(nother) pure waste of time.
What are, to your opinion, the 3 most critical factors influencing the outcome (success/failure) of specifically cross-functional teams?


Ferdinand Santos, Philippines

Why Cross Functional Teams Fail?

- Good concept, poor implementation.
- Wrong personality involved in the project. I am not referring to the diversity of the background of the member but rather on the attitude.
Same as with any team sport. A team with an all star cast can translate to a win but not necessarily to a championship.

CEO, India

Reason for Failure of Cross Functional Team

Team leader is not effective in conducting meetings to explain the rules of the game.... Sign up

Louis E. Evans
Analyst, United States

Reasons for Failure of Cross Functional Team

- When the team leader fails to articulate the reward of successful project completion in terms of b... Sign up

Carlo Scodanibbio
Management Consultant, South Africa

Reasons for Cross-functional Team Failure

Team-Work in general and CFT-work specifically generally fail because of inadequate preparation. To... Sign up

Mauro Feleppa
Manager, Italy

Reasons for Failure of a Cross-Functional Team

- Environment (in terms of company, department, group and/or area in which the CFT operates) effects... Sign up

Management Consultant, Singapore

How to Avoid Cross Functional Teams from Failing?

@Subhash Trivedi: to prevent failure in a CFT: 1. Firstly the role of the CFT has to be properly de... Sign up

Y Srinivas Rao
Manager, India

How to Avoid Failures in CFT

There is lot to learn from the military (including a few movies) on leading CFT. Inspiring team memb... Sign up


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