Category: Org and Process

October 18, 2021

Reporting structure for high-performance product teams

Successful product teams drive innovation by receiving input from a variety of stakeholders, including sales, marketing and clients — and in many organizations, the product management team reports to the CTO. While this arrangement is efficient for early-stage companies that undergo frequent strategy pivots, it may cause significant issues as the company grows, including: Lack …

Austin Rowan

September 22, 2020

Successful adoption and change management

As organizations pivot to new realities — refining business models, adopting new technologies and adjusting to changing competitive landscapes — software teams are tasked with taking on a new vision and transforming the way they do business. “The best plans of mice and men often go awry.” Ensuring business continuity while in crisis management mode …

Russ Albright

March 23, 2020

Remote ramp-up — tips & tricks

With the recent unprecedented work environment most of us are in, we’d like to start an open discussion on how to go about your workday safely, efficiently and most important, successfully. Remote work is not the future of work for Crosslake, it’s the present. With close to 130 Crosslake certified practitioners across the globe and …

OpTeam Crosslake

May 22, 2018

How to measure R&D effectiveness when you’re not technical

At Crosslake, we often get asked by people who do not have a deep technical background, “How do I measure the effectiveness of our software development team without understanding the technical details?” Investors acquiring software companies (e.g., private equity firms) and other less-technical leaders in a software organization often don’t know where to start. In …

OpTeam Crosslake

June 21, 2017

The adversity of training

Training is one of the least effective ways to change behavior. “But wait,” you may say. “Training is everywhere! When my team needs additional skills, training is the best option and readily available. There are thousands of training organizations and lots of places to get training online!” While debatable in modern times, the 70-20-10 learning …

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