How to Make your Software Development Team more Productive?
In today’s fast-paced era, it is very difficult to stay productive and competitive. Getting your software development team to accomplish more in less time is the dream of most IT development companies.
The truth is that there are hundreds of companies that are struggling to achieve optimal productivity within their developer team. There are certainly many ways to increase the speed or number of employees, but these are not guaranteed methods of productivity. In fact, they don’t lead to the desired result: more workers to pay and faster production, but not necessarily better quality.
There are many productivity tools, but they are only part of the equation. In addition to having the right tools, you also need to have a comprehensive and extensive system that allows your developers to make the most of their time and achieve their goals as a team.
In this article, our offshore outsourcing company Bocasay will give you different methods you can adapt to make your software development teams more productive.
Communication is a skill that must be learned. Many people have difficulty mastering it, and it can be even more difficult for someone to give or receive feedback, depending on their sensibilities. This soft skill is essential for teams to have effective, learning collaboration, which will ultimately result in increased team productivity.
If you’re in a leadership position, you’ll notice that it’s essential for teams to be coordinated and aligned with the product vision in the software development process. Helping your team communicate and giving them the time and space to do so will contribute to your team’s productivity. A simple daily meeting can be a great help in quickly knowing who is working on what task and allowing your team to unblock any issues that may arise during the development process.
Remote teams and flexible hours
The key challenge here is to change the style and mindset of leaders so that the productivity of remote and virtual collaboration can be just as successful and visible as traditional office work. This goes hand-in-hand with streamlining the processes, tools and communication systems that enable effective collaboration.
During this coronavirus pandemic, companies have been able to transition to remote work, to adapt to a fully remote or hybrid way of working and collaborating in the long run.
In addition, it’s no secret that offering flexible work schedules significantly improves a company’s ability to attract and retain new employees. Commuting and family obligations become less of an issue.
Flexible working hours make it easier for employees to reconcile work and private life. This has a direct impact on the motivation and commitment of employees, but also on the quality of their working conditions.
💻 𝔸𝕥 𝔹𝕠𝕔𝕒𝕤𝕒𝕪, 𝕠𝕗𝕗𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕠𝕦𝕥𝕤𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕔𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕒𝕟𝕪, 𝕨𝕖 𝕦𝕤𝕖 𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕝𝕖 𝕞𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕕𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕤𝕥 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 𝕖𝕗𝕗𝕚𝕔𝕚𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕪 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕥𝕪. 𝔼𝕟𝕥𝕣𝕦𝕤𝕥 𝕦𝕤 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕕𝕚𝕘𝕚𝕥𝕒𝕝 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕛𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕘𝕒𝕚𝕟 𝕚𝕟 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕕𝕦𝕔𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕖𝕥𝕚𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕤. 💻
Seeking to boost the productivity of a software development team is not just about processes, tools or metrics. Rather, it’s about the context and atmosphere within which we take several steps, and that includes creating a great environment and culture.
If we create a great, people-centric workplace, it will also create a customer-centric culture, which will result in greater value throughout the value chain.
Employee satisfaction is not only about engaging in the day-to-day work, but also about caring about their well-being. Create internal programs such as mentoring or training that give employees the opportunity to develop and retrain. This will not only allow your teams to discover new ways to deliver better software, but more importantly keep your team excited and motivated. New ideologies will open up your developers to innovative ways of thinking and ultimately a more exciting and productive development experience.
Creating a community within the company:
- Creates stronger bonds,
- strengthens commitment to the work and vision,
- generates an effective collaborative dynamic within the team.
Periodic team health checks can help track happiness at work at the individual level and drive change when necessary.
The agile approach
Communicating face-to-face promotes productivity. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. What if your company has developers, engineers, and project managers spread across the country or beyond? Or if you’re using an offshore outsourcing company services?
Agile methodologies help teams stay aligned on goals, timelines and communication during the project execution process. No matter where in the world your teams are located.
The agile approach encourages focusing on one task at a time and leveraging customer feedback to get the job done faster and more efficiently. This approach increases employee productivity.
If your company is experiencing planning and execution problems, agile methodologies are one of the best ways to improve company productivity.
In conclusion, productivity is not only a matter of “production”, but also of the environment and mindset to achieve it. This combines a series of factors that, if well applied, will result in increased team productivity.
Also, consider that, as with agile, you need to be flexible to change and adapt processes, techniques, and strategies as you see fit, to keep your team motivated, aligned, and productive.