Cross-Functional Product Development Teams

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Product development teams / integrated product teams are formed with personnel from different functional departments to support the design, development and transition to production of a new product. These teams provide a mechanism to facilitate earlier involvement of the key functions that are involved in the design, production and support of a product. This early involvement is intended to result in the design and production of a product on schedule and within budget that is lower in cost, higher in quality, and more reliable and supportable.

By getting people from functions other than just design engineering involved early, will result in a more complete understanding of all the requirements, a broader, more consensus approach to designing
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The early involvement of the affected functional areas will lead to buy-in with the design of products and their processes and result in a smoother transition to production.

A Cross-functional product development team is a team of people responsible for the design of a competitive product and the related processes to manufacture and support that product. The team consists of people from all disciplines that can positively impact the development of the product and improve competitive factors, not just personnel from the various design engineering disciplines.

Each Cross-functional product development team member would be staffed as appropriate for the requirements of the project and the composition of the membership may change over time. In addition to formal team members, others in the organization may be called upon to support the team's efforts. As the organization emphasizes early supplier involvement, key suppliers may also participate in team activities either as formal team members or to consult with the team as
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This physical proximity of the team members will provide many benefits. It will allow interpersonal relationships to develop more quickly leading to more effective and timely communication of information. This proximity will provide a greater opportunity for feedback and discussion of the design requirements and design issues. Collocation facilitates better coordination and results in less demanding infrastructure requirements (e.g., document distribution, meeting room requirements, local area networks, workstation and software requirements, etc.). Finally, it allows more rapid response to issues and enables processes and tasks to be

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