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How to Get Your Software Development Team to Run Smoothly

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 28/10/2015 AJ Agrawal
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Running any type of company is not something that is accomplished very easily. It requires a lot of skill and tact but on top of everything else it also requires a very good team of software developers. If any one of these things is missing, your company will not be able to run smoothly. There may be a lot of cases of bug reports or software breakdowns or any other such incidents and handling such things requires tact and a considerable knowledge of the field of software development. Now the first step is to build a software development team that uses agile development. This is something that can be as tricky as assembling the Marvel's Agents and then managing Hulk's Anger too. All a boss wants to do is to make the perfect team which has the required balance between its individuals and their respective creative, technical and other opinionated abilities. So it is very important to find the right combination of people to keep in your software development team and to ensure that they work under the right kind of system.
1. Find A Project Leader
The first type of person that you need for the project is a leader. As the leader of the team it's of utmost importance that the person is a great communicator. From the get-go they have to be clear of what they want to achieve and how they want to achieve it. You create the vision, and have the project leader carry out the execution.
Each member of the team needs to be sure of what their roles are and what is expected of them. The project leader should also manage team conflicts in the best way possible. Make peace with the fact that arguments will take place, but give each member a chance to express their opinions and concerns and solve problems with compromise. Keep the team motivated by limiting micro-managing, allowing them to use their own creativity, giving them praise and pushing for earlier release dates. In some development teams you might also find a creative leader, this individual is responsible for the creative design of your product and oversees all creative processes.
2. Create a connection between logic and creativity
Great design might push your product's conversions, so it's important to get the right person on board with the same aesthetic style. The Head of Product can be seen as the connection between the creative and technical sides of the operation. Find someone with ample experience and confidence in sourcing and building the right product alongside excellent logistical skills.
3. Use weekly sprints
The next thing that you need to do is to make sure that the team knows what goals they are supposed to meet on a weekly if not daily basis. This will help you monitor the progress of the people and how much work is left for them to do on a specific project. If you decide to make a weekly set of goals for the development team then you should ask them to get back to you with a small progress report at the end of every day. This does not need to be anything formal or sophisticated just something that lets the boss know how much work has been done in the whole day. This will help keep your progress in check and if the software development team is deviating from the original set of goals which they were asked to meet, the boss can easily point this out without causing a lot of trouble as it will be caught in the early stages of variation. If you are a start-up company with limited funds you might be tempted to hire a lower rate developer.
This could be detrimental to your development team and the overall project. So yes do not try to go for the easy way but do learn to not exceed the limitations that you have at the moment whether financial or resource. The last thing that you need to do is to keep the morale of the whole team high and push them to give you the best of what they can make. This does not mean that you should repeatedly reject their work. Encourage them in a positive way and push them to the extreme of their own limits to give you the best product they can make.

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