Fusion Teams are the Future
As digitization changes the way the majority of the world’s employees work together, CIOs must learn how to structure their teams, budgets, and reporting lines accordingly. Traditionally, IT teams would form within discrete parts the IT function (like Applications, Infrastructure, or Enterprise Architecture). Now “fusion teams” are needed to cut across domains, business areas, and channels, and to do so at short notice because a traditional model is hand-offs and fails to integrate technical and business expertise leads to duplicated effort and missed deadlines throughout the process.
The emerging fusion-team structure differs from existing models in four ways.
- Fusion teams form across traditional boundaries: These teams intermingle staff from different functions, business lines, and third-party partners.
- Fusion teams integrate business and technical skills: Team members are expected to contribute both technical skills and business skills.
- Fusion teams deliver technology via continuous collaboration: These teams are more likely to use an iterative delivery structure.
- Fusion teams draw leaders from across the enterprise: Team members report to leaders who sit outside their function or outside their established reporting line.
Do you think companies should re-structure their IT to fusion teams or continue to follow the traditional model? Do you know any companies that have fusion teams? Is it working for them?