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Rapid Team Deployment focuses on teams with a definite lifecycle rather than self-directed natural work groups or management teams whose missions never end. This leaves a lot of territory. We'll talk about groups with short assignments as well as projects that take months or even years to complete. And we'll consider cross-functional teams as well as those wholly within your unit. Rapid team deployment (RTD) works with teams dedicated to:

  • Implementation or discrete tasks

  • Problem-solving or corrective action

  • Statistical process control

  • Business process reengineering

  • New process development

  • Quality or continuous improvement

  • Employee involvement

  • Benchmarking

  • New product design and manufacture

  • Concurrent engineering

You'll probably find other examples within your organization. Frankly, the names don't count. The mechanics we'll cover apply equally well, regardless of the mission of the team you want to improve. Although we won't discuss permanent teams, many of the tools that follow are necessary and vital to self-directed work teams.

Objectives Worksheet

To clarify your own expectations, please complete the following worksheet. Rate your objectives from 1 (low) to 10 (high).

_________ 1. Decide when teamwork is appropriate and ensure it works within your organization’s hierarchy.
_________ 2. Organize, launch and lead project teams to achieve their performance objectives.
_________ 3. Use the right tools to follow the team lifecycle.
_________ 4. Employ the critical success factors of high-performance teams and avoid the worst pitfalls.
_________ 5. Accelerate team progress to achieve results as quickly as possible.
_________ 6. Monitor and measure performance to keep the team on track and maintain accountability.
_________ 7. Deploy results when ready and disband the team.

Asking you to prioritize objectives should emphasize that this is really a workbook. We won’t spend lots of time on theory. Instead, our limited space will focus on practical applications. In fact, you’ll soon select a case study from your own situation, so be prepared. We will also trace the story of an organization in a position that may not be too different from yours.

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