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Mercury Computer Systems's X Team Facilitates Portfolio Decision Making

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Bob Becker, until August 2005 Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations, Mercury Computer Systems, spearheaded the company's transformation from a silo’ed shop to a cross-functional organization.  Becker led a range of efforts aimed at breaking through functional silos, empowering teams, rationalizing the product development process and improving portfolio decision making.  One of Mercury’s innovations was at the level of project governance, where a permanent group of middle managers – called the “X Team” (“X” stands for Execution) – worked with core teams to ease the transition from one decision point to another.  Mercury discovered that its X Team, as one portion of a wider initiative, helped to improve project predictability, enhance communications between senior management and the project team, and facilitate sound business decisions at the project and portfolio levels. 
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