For us, cross-functional means that each member of a team is a specialist in his or her field. All of them work towards a common goal. The various skills and knowledge needed to reach this goal are united in the team, so nobody is expected to know or do everything.
Microsoft Teams makes collaboration within the team considerably easier. All project documents are available to all stakeholders at all times. Files are stored in the cloud and all meetings are logged there as well. With the use of this tool, colleagues from different sites can attend online meetings.
As an expert in mechanical engineering, the different approaches in software development were new ground for BMA. But we took on the challenge, defining the necessary processes and implementing them successfully. One important aspect of agile development is that the methods used are regularly reviewed, to make collaboration more effective and more efficient. We were able, for instance, to reduce the time spent on appointments for coordinating tasks from four hours to 90 minutes.