How to Setup A Kickass Software Development Team
Organizing a great team to bring your amazing business ideas or company projects to life could be a herculean task. It is one to get capable hands and bring great minds on board, it is another to actually get them to work collaboratively. Many companies and project managers experience serious challenges in setting up and coordinating the perfect team to handle projects, not because they lack personnel, but because teams could spiral out of control really fast if they are mismanaged and guess who suffers it most, your projects, your company, you.
So, here are a couple of things to consider in order to put together that kickass team to take care of your projects.
Identify the needs of the project: Each project is unique in terms of the personnel it will need. Determine what the project needs in terms of aesthetics, creative design, software development, hardware integration and distribute team involvement accordingly. For example, consider including more UI and UX designers in a project that requires interactive interfaces and engaging more developers when it comes to hard-core, industry software development projects.
Keep It Small: Small teams are easier to manage, more cost-effective, more efficient and generally even more collaborative. With small teams, it is easier to delegate duties and responsibilities which makes each team member accountable for specific tasks to be carried out. In small teams, it is easier to spot weak links and loop holes within the team structure and properly cater for these problems individually. Careful though, you do not want to hire too few and begin to jostle for new hands mid-way into the project, it could disrupt the flow of work and unbalance your team long enough for deadlines to be missed and milestones to be left uncrossed.
Don’t Go For Second Best: Although this could seem a little obvious but it really isn’t. If you have limited funds to carry out a project, hiring less-experienced developers for cheap might sound like an option, it shouldn’t. Hiring fewer and more capable developers is far better than hiring many incapable hands especially when you take into consideration their abilities in meeting up timelines, fixing bugs, proper documentation, and delivery.
Give The Team Control: Relinquishing control of the project doesn’t mean you should no longer keep constant tabs of how the project is coming along, it just means showing the team you trust them enough to take initiative and come up with solutions within themselves to arising problems. Let your team solve problems in their own way, unless where you feel they might have misunderstood certain concepts. In fact, here’s a challenge, allow your team own the code and just watch how they make a great success out of every project. Also, feel free to accommodate peer programming as it facilitates quick coding, bug fixes and very importantly, team bonds.
Encourage Growth: One of the best ways to create a really badass team is to invest in them. Investing in your team shows you clearly believe in their abilities and are sincerely interested in their personal growth and career goals. It wouldn’t just create better team spirit, it will also make them more enthusiastic about executing your projects to the best of their abilities. You can do as little as purchasing subscriptions and technical resources to taking them to trainings or conferences. In the long run, as they become better at what they do, their proficiency increases, code improves, milestones are quickly achieved and your projects are more successful.
Celebrate Success: Your team just crossed a new milestone, attained an achievement or successfully completed a project, there’s nothing more satisfying than savoring this success together. Throw a party, organize a weekend getaway, attend a social gathering together but by all means celebrate. Take the time to pat every member of your team on the back, offer rewards for stellar performances and personally appreciate each individual’s efforts. Nothing beats that!