Moving your software development teams from working on operational to strategic goals is essential to your company's innovative future. However, the best developer’s time is too often occupied working on existing business solutions, which greatly hampers their ability to work on future business. Even if you had an unlimited budget to hire new resources, without an infusion of the tribal knowledge diffused among your existing teams, those new hires might have too much to learn about your environment to be immediately productive.
Building high performing software delivery teams starts with leadership. We reached out to successful tech executives and asked them to share their hard-earned wisdom around building high performing teams. We asked how they assess their teams’ health, evaluate performance, and, most importantly, what improvement plans they have, if necessary. Here’s what they said.
Taking on new projects, such as building an enterprise portal, doing a website redesign, or upgrading software or systems, can be risky business. They require a significant investment of time, money, and resources, and the returns can be elusive. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Implementing a design thinking phase at the start of your project is a great way to ensure a successful outcome.
Last week, the Chicago Innovation Roundtable met virtually for the first time, using Zoom and a remote collaboration tool called Mural. A group of business leaders came together to discuss the current state, process issues, and challenges organizations are faced with during this uncertain time. Here are some of the key insights they shared about how they plan to move forward safely and successfully.
Many companies have long had some proportion of remote employees, but relatively few have taken the capability of managing remote employees to its logical conclusion of being entirely office-optional. In 2020, we’re all jumping into the remote-first experiment with both feet. There will be some awkwardness and issues, but this can and should be seen as a learning opportunity as well. Issues that once affected only a distant minority will now affect everyone, top to bottom. That temporary discomfort will be the impetus for rapid improvements in remote work that could otherwise have taken years.
As remote work becomes the new norm, leaders need to ensure the right structures and tools are in place for their teams to be successful. The DragonSpears team has been working remotely for years, so we put together various perspectives and insights to shed light on productive remote work and successful remote team relationships.