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If This Is a Team, How Come We Never Practice?

Karl W. Croswhite, PMP

Proceedings of the 28th Annual Project Management Institute 1997 Seminars & Symposium

American industry is enthusiastically adopting the concept of integrated, cross-functional product teams. In this article we will discuss how industry has arrived at the need to execute projects in a team environment. We will look at the major reasons that projects fail and why the establishment of teams does not eliminate these failures. We will examine the effect of organizational structure on the efficacy of teams, and we will look at the role that project management should play in correcting these deficiencies.

Are We Really on Teams?

We all know the value of teamwork. Our leaders constantly ...

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