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    Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    We form core teams (composed of a Project and Product Mgr, QA Lead, Tech Lead, Ops Lead and Content Lead) at my company, but we're finding the core team approach to be limited in it's effectiveness. Mainly because we don't have enough people with all the right skills to act as a Lead on the core team.

    I'm curious if others have tried the core team approach for projects at their companies and what worked well when you didn't have enough experienced core team members for every project.

    Our CTO is losing faith in the core team approach to product development because of this issue.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    I have seen the core team concept work for projects, but only if the core team is dedicated to that project and don't have a myriad of other duties (or other projects) to deal with.

    If you don't have enough leads to work the projects, in my humble opinion, it won't matter if you use a core team approach or not. Overload the leads with enough work and no matter what approach you use, it will not work.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    Same here. We do have a core team approach, but it breaks down when it comes to risk analysis due to multitasking the team members on different projects. The resources risk always seems to be at the top for this reason.

    That plus the Project Manager is not really a manager, but more of a point person.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    Hmm...but our CTO feels that our leads are not experienced enough. Not that they're overtasked (which they really are). Perhaps it's a bit of both. If the company invests in training then that should help in the "lack of skills/experience" area.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    The question would be, "what type of training would reap the most results?" As far as leadership training I might suggest the American Management Association. I've taken all of their courses and felt that they covered a bit of every aspect of management. I guess it would depend on your level of empowerment in your leads though. There's always the "but where are they supposed to get the experience?" replay. After all experience is the best teacher.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    We use a core team approach - my experience shows that it works when we have a good project manager and when the project manager is allowed to do their job.
    Members of the core team may need to be flexible depending on the project, we very often include Network Engineers, System Configuration Specialists, Security Specialists
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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    The consultant we brought in to start the implemenation of this core team approach stated that the maximum number of simultaneous projects that each core team member should be handling is three. I'm wondering if she was a little too optimistic in that number. I think it really depends on the phase that each project is in. So maybe a QA Lead could handle a project that is just starting off with another that is in the Test Phase. But not two or more simultaneously in the test phase.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    That is a good point QARuler. If the Lead is truly leading and not participating perhaps he/she could handle more than one or two, but in our case, the Lead does most of the testing and scripting.

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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    I think the maximum number of projects could also depend on the size of the project, the allocation of time to the project and the phases that the projects are in.

    Another factor is the lead themselves - some people handle multi tasking better than others
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    Re: Does The Core Team Approach Work?

    If I understand correctly, I've been in this situation where management is losing faith in the approach.

    Core teams work better if there's at least one or two people with experience working in core teams who can help lead the rest of the leaders.

    The CTO may be correct if everyone is just learning how to do core teams at the same time as they're trying to do their 'real jobs'. You may have a team leadership problem despite having a team of people who are leaders in their own groups.

 

 

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