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Multi-discipline teams

a fundamental element of the program management process

Over the past decade, multi-discipline teams have successfully handled numerous projects at Boeing. A multi-discipline team is a group of individuals with the common goal of developing a specific product or products. Each new developmental project at Boeing begins with a team that includes individuals from Manufacturing, Engineering, Planning, Procurement, Quality, Reliability, and Maintainability. This article discusses several issues relevant to using multi-discipline teams including their organization and size, their authority and responsibility, and the respective roles of the customer, functional organization, subcontractor(s), and program management. The use of multi-discipline teams dramatically enhances cross-functional cooperation and communication, and can contribute to lower cost, reduced flowtime, and higher product quality.
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