Easy Tricks on How to Speed Up Your Software Development Process
Learn how to speed up your software development process without reducing the quality of the end product with a few easy steps.
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There are a few things people in the business world can agree on and one of them is that you don’t want to anger your development team. They are the cornerstone of a lot of industries and they love to know all the rules and deadlines before they agree on a project.
The rules of motivating your other team members don’t work well on developers, simply because the workload is so different. But don’t worry, we’ve gathered the best tips on how to speed up your software development process without igniting the hatred of your employees.
In this article, we’ll explain how to communicate with your clients, customers, and developers in order to fulfill your goals faster.
Ask For Feedback Early
We’ve all been in a situation where the client expressed their needs and wants at the first meeting and then somewhere along the way changed their mind, or just found out that they didn’t know how to express themselves in the first place.
Maybe they don’t know what they want, but they certainly know what they don’t want and they’ll only tell it to you once they see the work in progress. That is why you have to include them in every step of the process.
Make sure to ask them for feedback early, before you implement big UX changes. This is how you’ll avoid making too many changes after the fact, which will leave your developers feeling defeated.
Also, try to perform A/B testing as you develop, not after you finish the product. Client feedback is important, but so is customer feedback, seeing how they are the end-users of the product (website or app).
Although almost all development teams have a designated quality control member, who makes sure everything is logical and works, users are the ones that have the last word. Create a focus group and ask them to try out your product and give feedback.
It’s important to have feedback from people outside of your industry, and people with a more modest technical background. At the end of the day, your customers are your biggest pool of testers and they’ll give you hints on what to implement or change.
Make a Clear Roadmap
Before your team starts working on any project, make sure you thoroughly understand the process ahead. How many people will work on the project, at what time will certain members start working on it, how long it will take and how many progress meetings you have to have, etc. Preferably a project management tool would help a lot in keeping a track of all the activities and make you more organized. Dealing with a large amount of data is difficult for most people. There are so many files to keep track of, and they're not organized in any way that makes sense. The software project proposal can help make this process easier on your end while also benefiting from the organization benefits as well.
Create a concise plan and share it with the team all at once. Make sure to listen to their comments and worries and shape the plan if necessary. Sharing a plan with all of them at once saves time and reduces redundant tasks and confusion.
If you set the dates for progress meetings ahead of time, your team will know how to manage their workload more effectively. Nothing motivates people better than a deadline.
Also, it is important to work on the quality of your progress meetings, instead of focusing on having as many of them as you can.
An extra tip is to help your team manage their work-life balance. Coding isn’t a type of work you can efficiently do for hours on end. After 6-7 hours, they will start to make a lot of mistakes and they’ll create more problems than solutions.
If you encourage them to take breaks and go for a breath of fresh air, they’ll be able to concentrate better and perform their assignments more efficiently.
Expand the Team
As the famous saying goes - “Project managers will expect 9 pregnant women to create a baby in a month”. The thing no one tells you though is that if you don’t have enough people in your team, you won’t finish your projects within set deadlines.
Finding and onboarding new hires will take time but in the long run, it will help you organize better-equipped teams. If you notice that your team is always struggling with the same part of their projects, ask them to recommend someone new who could help them fill in the gaps.
The best way to shorten your onboarding process is to headhunt great candidates from other companies. You can easily do this through a LinkedIn Recruiter profile. That lets you search for the best candidates in specific industries, segment them based on specific skills and requirements.
The biggest advantage is the fact that you can do all that anonymously, without letting anyone know what company you’re affiliated with. Once you find a great pool of candidates, you can easily send them bulk messages created with stored templates.
Limit Your Work in Progress
Working on too many tasks at once will result in a lower quality of work. Whenever possible, you’ll want to relieve the pressure on your team by letting them focus on a few things at once.
Try using a Kanban board to manage the development process. It allows you to plan the project, manage what part of the project certain members of the team need to work on at a certain time, and see what is already done.
It lets you limit the minimum and maximum amount of tasks your members can work on at once. The Kanban board’s biggest benefit is that it reduces the number of tasks that are nearly done and abandoned. It also lets you see what part of the process your team is struggling with so that you can proactively work on it.
Limiting the amount of work in progress will result in fewer errors and will help relieve the pressure on your team because they won’t have to multitask or worry about which parts of the project aren’t being covered by someone else.
In the end, it’s very important to listen to your team and work with them, instead of creating plans without them and then presenting them to the team. Make sure that the focus is always on helping them work better, instead of on delivering the product as fast as possible to the client.
Keep in mind to make sure your team has all the necessary tools they need and create an open space for them to talk to you about the things they think will improve their productivity. As long as you’re open to their suggestions and actually put their words into action, you’re on the right path.
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