As an individual, it can be challenging to stay productive in today’s fast-paced work environment. That challenge is magnified for CIOs and IT executives responsible for managing a team of developers.
How can you improve the overall productivity of your IT team?
1. Find out what the data says
There’s no use making structural changes blindly. Collecting and analysing data about your team’s day-to-day processes is a great place to start. This might mean asking staff to complete a survey regarding their usual bottlenecks or roadblocks, or having them log more thorough timesheets for a short period.
Doing this can shed light on what’s stopping your team from achieving to their full potential – whether it’s time-consuming meetings, poor communication or certain individuals who aren’t keeping pace.
2. Break the waterfall
Many software companies today still work with a waterfall model. This means work is completed in a linear fashion, from conception through to completion. Under this model, one stage of work must be completed before the next can begin. This is a hive for bottlenecks in your IT teams, and means clients will typically be waiting much longer to see any progress.
Conversely, an agile methodology may mean your team works more efficiently by allowing them the opportunity to adapt rapidly to changing client expectations. At the same time, your clients will be able to see more frequent delivery.
3. Let your team work how they work best
Gone are the days when work began and ended when you arrived at the office. Lately, telecommuting, or working from home, is growing more and more popular.
While it’s easy to assume people would be less productive at home, a recent 2-year study1 has revealed employees who worked remotely experienced a productivity boost equivalent to an entire extra day’s work each week. That said, everyone has unique home conditions, so while you should consider the option you may not want to enforce telecommuting.
4. Use the right tools
Outdated or inadequate project management tools have the potential to throw a spanner in the works for even the most motivated teams.
It’s time to say goodbye to legacy tech and empower your developers with up-to-date systems that allow for efficient communication across locations and teams, quick status reporting, transparent metrics and simple ticketing.
5. Find the best team
Sometimes, productivity is in the hands of the team itself. That’s why you need to have the right people, with both the technical expertise and the attitude to get the job done.
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1Thrive Global, A 2-Year Stanford Study Shows the Astonishing Productivity Boost of Working From Home