I’m writing an experiential piece on cross-functional projects — a project that requires voluntary effort from people across organizational functions to achieve its objective — and I need your help.
I’m looking to understand your first experience being a leader on a cross functional project.
I’d like to know what you believe were the things that contributed to success and what you thought the lessons learnt were.
If you’ve ever been a leader of a cross-functional project you can really help me out by thinking about the time you were leading your first cross functional project. Take yourself back in time to when you were first starting the project and answer the following questions:
- How did you feel when you were given the responsibility to lead the project?
a. What were you most excited about?
b. What were you most anxious about?
- What did you already know about what was required of you?
- What did you want to happen for the project, and what was the outcome you wanted for yourself?
Then, think about the end of the project, imagine you’re having a retrospective and complete the following statements:
- Wow, having ________________ really helped the success of the project. (Add as many things as you can in the space.)
a. How did having those things make you feel at the time?
- Next time I’ll make sure to ______________. (Again, add as many things that come to mind.)
a. How did not having those things make you feel at the time?
- If I could pass on one piece of advice to someone running their first cross functional project it would be, ________________.
I’m hoping this will either validate my own experience or offer up gaps in my thinking and writing that I could explore more.
Thanks for your help.