Skill-centric Teams

Professional groups often have sub-groups for specialty areas (i.e., Special Interest Groups), if there are sufficient number of people interested and a focus for the group.  The prime gain is usually learning, but may include more focused networking, collaboration and sharing issues of common concern.

The same approach can be used within an enterprise, based upon shared skills.  This offers benefits to the company, as issues of common concern are raised and resolved, or processes improved.  Improvement in morale is an added benefit.

For example, companies often have IT development groups aligned with business units, with better knowledge of the requirements of that business as a positive result.  But there are common functions and skills across the many development groups in the company, rarely with any organized way of interacting.  If a sufficient number of the people doing IT testing and QA could periodically meet, share concerns, learn something about newer tools and approaches, the company would be better for it.  Another possibility of this collaboration could be the establishment of best practices within the company for that specialty.

The same approach can apply to project manager, outside of a PMO; or to Scrum Masters.  In many companies project managers don’t collaborate outside of a PMO.

The infrastructure is also a candidate to reap similar benefits, looking across the silos of platforms or products, seeing what skills or interests may be in common.

Reminder: for this to work it needs a sufficient number of interested people and a focus.  Ideally this is done face-to-face, but can be done distributed, as long as there is energy and interaction.

Think of this interest group as a team:  build well, and benefit accordingly.

While it’s preferable to have this backed by senior management, it is readily initiated at lower levels, building from the ground up, by in-house networking.

My thanks to The Handbook of Program Management, by James T. Brown, for this shining nugget of an idea.



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