Leveraging Networks: Cross-Functional Program Management

As is always the case, the markets are constantly changing. And as change becomes more frequent and intense, organizations must increase the speed with which they adapt. Being slow to adapt is now a death sentence in many sectors, especially the tech sector. And with the advent of cloud integration the need for organizations to embrace increased connectivity is greater than ever.

But how can organizations change the way they have been working for the past five or ten years? While most organizations have embraced technology to an extent, most have not thought about how cloud computing and productivity programs could help reshape their organizations. Not only do these productivity programs help improve efficiency and output, but the advent of cloud computing within these programs ensures that the relationships between various employees and teams within an organization can be better than ever.

Organizations that are looking to implement and take advantage of cross functional programs must make the following considerations:

  1. Ensure every contributor and project member is on the same page. The vision and objectives set by the head of the organization must be properly communicated and understood by every member on the team.
  2. All teams must be comprised of members who are willing to put the organization before their own needs. While cloud computing and productivity programs can help bridge the gap between employees and teams within an organization, those employees must be willing to embrace teamwork if the process is to become a success.
  3. Change is something all organizations must embrace, and all teams within an organization must be willing to accept new ideas and ways of working. For instance, many organizations are finding that hiring freelancers with specific skillsets is beneficial, especially when pairing those freelancers with full-time employees or slotting them into various teams. But will the employees at your organization be willing to work with these freelancers, or accept the changing work dynamic? It is crucial that they are.

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