Startups are usually built with less number of people. This is the fundamental thing that gives startups a different culture. But ultimately they also grow. As the startup grows to more than 10 people, things start changing. One great idea to keep the culture same is to restructure as it grows. You can have each team with maximum five members, and each team would include people from different functions, including development, design, marketing, data science, operations and customer support.
Here are few reasons why cross-functional teams might work great for your startup:
Building trust among team members is very crucial. To do so, one great way is to be physically close. Sitting at the same table, making decisions together, going to lunch or other fun places together will ensure strong bonds among team members. When you have a small team, it’s easy to grow mutual bonding among them. Team members should always celebrate success or even mourn failures together. A great bonding and high level of trust between the members will guarantee a well-functioning team.
When there are few people in a team, they can make faster decisions, and execute tasks in a short period of time. They do not have to schedule a meeting from two weeks ahead of the time scheduled; rather, things can be done instantly. Cross-functional teams act fast without hurdles.
A small team will supposedly mean people from different functions coming together. When you have a small team, you definitely don’t hire extra people for the same work; rather, each has their own functionality. These differences between them bring diversity and unique perspective in the workplace. It increases their ability to come up with great solutions.
Small teams allow more transparency as results are much more visible there. Each task or function usually have a one-to-one relationship with every member. It’s easy to see who did which part, and what is to be appreciated most. Success and failures are both more measurable between the members. More importantly, one will definitely perform better as they know they will get credit for the result.
Cross-functional teams have more freedom to make their decisions and work their own way. When you are free to do what you want, you invest more into your work. You give yourself to the work. Freedom breeds ownership, and ownership breeds results.
Small teams have more liberty to own decisions and work in their own way. As a result, it allows each member to invest more into their work. Freedom in your own work allows ownership, and thus results in better outcome.