Having achieved another goal, we justly rejoice over the victory and experience an emotional uplift, whether it is the successful completion of a complex project or an increase in the company’s rating. How to avoid resting on one’s laurels?
In this article, you will learn how to regularly improve the efficiency of workflows in order to soar to new heights.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Are the processes used by your team as effective as possible? Our performance can be judged by the results:
So, what is at the heart of the effective development process?
This was the question we addressed to our CTO. Here are those key components:
Three pillars of the high-performance mobile and web application development process. Let’s take a closer look at them.
The first to mention is those, without whom neither communication nor processes would exist.
Today we are surprisingly well-informed about the way to choose an expert to hire. Thanks to numerous publications, courses, and lectures, we thoroughly studied what tricky questions to ask, what tests to offer, and what topics to discuss.
For the sake of justice, we must say that the applicants have already developed outstanding skills in preparing for the “unexpected” interview twists and writing convincing resumes. In general, who chooses and who is chosen – that is the topic for a separate article.
Today we propose to skip the hiring step and concentrate on the management of the already selected development team in the process of interaction and work.
Based on the experience we have defined what shall be taken into account or set-up to increase the workflow efficiency up to the level of the medium one and higher and to make it grow successively.
“It’s not easy to do, but people are at their best when they feel appreciated,” says Wendy Rhoades, the in-house hedge fund psychologist in “Billions”.
The words are pronounced by the series character, but they do hit the jackpot: each of us, for sure, has experienced a burst of enthusiasm and energy, when the result of the applied efforts was appreciated by parents, teachers, and leaders. Feeling on top of the world is an ideal state for achieving unprecedented results.
We strive to ensure that anyone who joined our team feels like a significant member of the family, and create conditions for the employees individual potential to be utilized for 100%.
What is this for? For the purpose of achieving the highest efficiency each of us shall be aware of and feel the following:
With such an attitude everyone performs tasks in accordance with one’s skills and abilities, brings new ideas, grows along with the company and feels his/her own value for the team. Do you remember feeling on top of the world?
Gathering the smart individuals together and arranging their joint activities is not a simple task, but is vital for any worthy cause.
“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide”. Mickey Mantle
In order to assure the unidirectional joint efforts vector each member of the team shall be aware of the following:
WE are not just several “I”-s, but a number of “I”-s being aware of ourselves as a part of WE.
“The relationship between a client must be ‘we.” Billy Baldwin.
The team that is engaged in any project always includes one more member – the client.
That is right, every client will differ from the previous and following ones. But the attitude of the team to the person for whom they are creating the product remains. We all work towards the following:
We have not learned yet to read each other’s mind over a distance, so any joint activity implies usage of communication channels. And the better the channels are set up, the more effective is the interaction.
In theory, things sound logical and simple, but in practice, these are communication errors and misunderstanding that often cause delays, unforeseen changes, and other troubles.
We consider communication within the project from two perspectives:
And again, we remind you that the team is “WE”. There are many of us, and a constant and reliable communication is important to be established between all participants in order to manage a team of developers. What do we want to achieve as a result?
What channels can be used by the team for communication?
Any channels they find fit. The point is that they should help solve tasks and problems effectively.
Slack to share information between individual team members and in common chat rooms, Trello – to record agreements and to distribute and monitor tasks performed, and Github – to store the code and to manage simultaneous work of a group of developers, etc.
The second communication vector is no less important. This is the client only, who has an idea of the final product; and this is the team only, that can determine the way to achieve the result. And in case of any communication gaps or delays, both the nerves and funds of the client and the wasted efforts of the team will fall within the risk area.
The way the communication is configured as follows:
As a result, the good client-team relationship will develop and undoubtedly impact the final product: along with the high-quality technical component and appropriate organization, the product will be unique in terms of its emotional background. And the message will inevitably reach the users!
Communication is vitally important for cooperation with a dedicated team. The client and the team can be located in different countries or on different continents, and time difference, language, and cultural background, mentality, more convenient and customary communication channels for the client shall be taken into account, otherwise, they can make life much harder for everyone on the project.
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What channels can be used to communicate with the client?
Any channel convenient for the client.
Phone, Skype, e-mail or personal communication, etc.
It is advisable to use several channels, so as not to find yourself in a tight corner, in case one of the channels fails to work for some reason, and neither you nor the client can reach each other.
The processes used to implement an IT project may differ, depending on the methodology and techniques preferred.
Originally, the methodology of project management is defined – either one for all the projects, or one for each type of the project. It is recommended to coordinate the rules with the team, to make sure they are clear to everyone and perceived in the same way.
(the same start and completion procedure, as well as the principle of handling keys and documents, etc.).
On the one hand, this greatly accelerates the mobile and web app development, since you do not waste time to reinvent a wheel.
On the other hand, if, for some reason, we need to involve a new developer in the project, it takes less time for the new person to get down to business.
Created for each project, to show the project milestones and deadlines to implement them.
This ensures transparency of the general process for all participants. Everyone can see what is scheduled, and compare it to actual progress. Also, we define specific tasks and deadlines, with particular people in charge for them.
In this case, benefits from the approach are evident:
You choose a single place acceptable for all project participants (for example, the tool that you use to monitor tasks), and store all requirements and other relevant information on the project there.
Even if such information is discussed with the client in the chat or in emails, it should be stored together with all project data. This will allow both the team and the client always to have access to the up-to-date information.
They directly impact the efficiency of the overall process. If possible, such processes are automated to save time (for example, we always use auto-deploy).
However, even for the sake of time-saving, you are not recommended to exclude processes that affect the product quality (for example, never refuse from testing, otherwise this comes back with the following remakes and adjustments).
We are not going to make any evidence-free assertions. Let’s consider the situation the other way around: we exclude one of the components to see what we get in the end.
Case: properly organized processes and communication are handed over to a poorly recruited team.
Case: professionals are given clear instructions but are left without any well-established communication channels with each other and the client.
Case: a team of professionals with well-established communication processes does not use any standardized processes.
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