Managing a software development team is no easy task. You have to keep your software engineers motivated and foster a dynamic work environment, while also making sure your projects are progressing in a timely way. Optimizing your team will not only make your job much easier, but it will ensure shorter project schedules and higher quality results.
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Optimizing your software development team starts with giving your software engineers a way to organize their work. It means promoting interaction with other members of the team, this way, projects can be finished in record time, while implementing best QA practices at every step of the process.
The first step to optimizing your team is simplifying collaboration during the workday. These tools streamline communication and project management oversight, particularly so if you have remote contributors in your team. Transparency and traceability enhance proper allocation of resources and enable quick problem-solving.
This can be improved through some of these tools:
GitHub: A lot of open-source projects use GitHub and other similar sites in ways that allow collaboration. It is very recommended to research the cost-benefit of implementing GitHub’s enterprise option - it provides all of the collaboration tools offered for the open-source community, but with the added benefit of end-to-end encryption and many other handy features to enhance and document team contributions.
Slack: One of the best-known tools in any software development setting, Slack allows your team to work together in group channels, as well as setting reminders, subscribing to RSS feeds and more - and it can be effectively integrated with many services through its API catalogue, as well as creating custom integrations with the likes of Zapier.
JIRA: This powerful project management tool offers a lot of features that are directly aimed at developers. For example, it has direct integration with GitHub as well as its own functional language (JQL), giving you better personalization. It can be used for anything from bug tracking to SCRUM project development. Additionally, using the Tempo plugin, you can create project timesheets, improving your team’s time management.
Create a productive environment in your offices
Keeping your software engineers happy and motivated is essential to having an efficient software development team. The when, where and how of it, however, can prove challenging. The first pillar of this is your office as a physical work environment. An office with dim lighting and no natural light will not only generate a dreary mood - but could also pose a serious health threat to your engineers, who need to have high ambiance luminic values to avoid eye strain.
Additionally, your office space should foster collaboration. Smartboards can do wonders for brainstorming, and so can generating shared spaces for discussion and improvement of process across departments.
Give them perks!
Providing perks to your software engineers is another great way to increase productivity. At this point, pretty much every software company is providing excellent perks, as competition for talent is fierce. You should too.
Something that most software development companies fail to provide, and has been proven to be extremely beneficial, is to provide career development opportunities. For example, providing workshops on the newest tools in the industry can be a great way to keep your engineers excited about what’s to come.
Use the latest tools
Some of the newest tools in software development have been focused on making the development process much more efficient and scalable:
Continuous Delivery and Deployment: These two are similar, but are not the same.
Continuous delivery refers to the ability to upload changes in real-time without actually deploying them. This way, you can have all the code changes ready to go, and only apply them when you need to.
Continuous deployment, meanwhile, refers to the ability to upload and deploy changes in real-time. This can be used in applications where the end-user is the beta tester.
Every team is different, each working culture promotes its own ideology, and each engineer will have a unique skillset - so there is no single recipe for success. Taking some of these tips and implementing them in your company is likely to increase productivity, but we also recommend that you talk to your engineers and research the ways in which you could increase productivity in a grass-roots fashion.
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