How to Effectively Build Successful Development Teams
It is important for IT companies small and large to be strategically building development teams as they scale. They’re the backbone of modern tech companies.
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It is important for IT companies small and large to be strategically building development teams as they scale. They’re the backbone of modern tech companies. And while finding individual developers may bring you some real talent, it can prove a challenge for a number of reasons.
Let’s take a look at why it’s important to build the right development team and how to go about it!
The Importance of Having a Successful Team When Developing Software
The future of software development is a team-based effort. With the increased importance of user experience, it has become more beneficial to have a UX team as part of the larger product development process. This also extends to the design and business teams.
Developers will no longer be able to create products on their own and instead will likely need help from other team members to create better products faster, more efficiently, and with fewer errors. This means it’s not just important to find talented developers but to form entire teams ready to work in the way your company requires.
This short article aims to provide some key information on how to make teams successful in the workplace, through motivating employees and creating a collaborative environment.
Why Teams Fail and What You Can Do About It
A team’s success is based on two critical factors: the people and their environment. The people factor is crucial, but it’s not enough to just hire “the best people.” A team needs a supportive and collaborative environment where they are recognized for their contributions, and feel safe to take risks.
Team building is often overlooked and many leaders don’t invest much time into it. But it is the most important driver of team success.
A comprehensive team-building program will not only address the individual needs of the team members but also the collective needs of the team as a whole. A good leader will take into account that teams come in different shapes and sizes and tailor their programs to suit all participants.
While it may seem like a daunting task, there are some things you can do to foster a healthy environment where teams can thrive:
- Encourage socializing: Employees in the workplace need to be encouraged to socialize with one another and break out of their comfort zones.
- Encourage team bonding activities: Employers should also have team bonding activities for employees who work closely together.
- Offer job rotation opportunities for employees who are at a certain level of seniority: Job rotations are a great way for employees at a certain level of seniority to get experience with different departments in order to expand their knowledge and skillsets.
10 Methods for Building an Effective Software Development Team
There’s a lot of advice out there on building good software development teams, so we could spend hours speaking on the subject. But don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you.
What are some proven, clear-cut methods for building an effective development team?
It all boils down to the following points:
1. Define the team’s purpose and objectives
2. Designate team leadership positions carefully to avoid problems with power dynamics
3. Create a culture of freedom, responsibility, and initiative within your team
4. Encourage collaboration on your software development projects, so you can use the strengths and expertise of others in your team to make better decisions together
5. Set up clear decision-making guidelines for the team so that members know when they are allowed to disagree or make decisions independently based on assigned roles and responsibility
6. Use a combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous communication when building a remote team. Utilize meetings to get things done quickly, but also automate and document as much as you can to provide enough data for quick decision-making
7. One-on-one’s are important to get people to commit to the work and allows you to read body language in a way writing doesn’t. Yet having a lot of documentation allows people to work much more efficiently as an individual and make better decisions.
8. Organize Team building events, centered around teamwork.
9. During meetings teamwork can also be promoted by playing games (trivia, ice breakers), letting attendees share their own content, and intentionally bringing people into the conversation.
10. Just get started and improve the process as you go! If you’re still a small company, you may not have the resources to go all out on team-building activities or communication tools. But don’t let that stop you.
Just start, and use feedback to reiterate in a step-by-step manner!
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