Manage Large Project Teams Like Small Project Teams

From Michael A. Cusamano’s “How to Make Large Teams Work Like Small Teams”

– Simplify the schedule and work out the interdependencies.

– Stabilize the design via frequent synchronization.

– Use iteration and concurrent engineering.  Projects should iterate and concurrently manage design, build and test cycles, while they move forward completing a project.

– Break up large complex tasks into small manageable activities.

– Focus on creativity by letting people experiment within known boundaries.   Encourage risk-taking.

– Do everything in parallel with frequent synchronizations.  This requires lots of informal communication and trust within the team.

– Teams evolve.  Leaders need to spark and facilitate this evolution and let teams blossom.

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