7 secrets of productive development teams


2 July 2018 • 9 min read

    Every team leader wants to unleash the potential of their team. Helping team members to be their best is a critical part of the job.

    The growing popularity automation solutions means that development teams can be freed from the traditional mundane tasks and spend more time helping businesses succeed. And that’s what I believe to be the direction organizations should take to prepare themselves for the future.

    Here are 7 secrets of productive development teams that rely on factors ranging from the company culture to automation tools.

    1. They share company values and goals

    A great development team is a team in which every single team member shares company values and goals. It’s hard to motivate teams to give their best without that type of intrinsic motivation. By hiring with such core values in mind, organizations can create healthy cultures that foster excellence and productivity. Showing team members how their tasks contribute to the broader organizational goals is a smart move – that’s how team leaders can boost intrinsic motivation among team members.

    2. They know how to communicate

    Successful and productive teams have clear communication processes in place and are supported by the right tools. For example, they never waste time looking for information because of a well-developed practice of knowledge sharing supported by tools such as Confluence. Creating a repository of knowledge is an excellent way to capitalize on the knowledge team members have and avoid situations where information is locked away and blocks task completion.

    Team leaders should also provide their teams with tools for different types of communication and define how these should be used. To avoid information getting lost in emails, developer teams need project management software such as Jira Software where all information about a given task is displayed in a single place. In my experience teams need instant messaging apps as well. Apps like HipChat or Stride allow team members to stay in touch and quickly exchange information.

    3. They prioritize business needs

    Mature IT teams are more likely to have their goals oriented around business outcomes such as revenue or customer satisfaction. The goals of these teams are closely aligned with the goals of the business. Productive development teams prioritize business objectives and support business goals of their organizations by actively participating in the process of creating business value.

    4. They think customer-first

    Smart team leaders should make sure their teams know that the ultimate goal of their work is creating digital products that are easy to use and provide optimal value to customers. That type of customer-centric approach is essential for IT teams to succeed. Otherwise, they risk developing work in the vacuum, without realizing how their actions impact the experience of users at the other end of the business.

    5. They’re agile and proactive

    High-performing IT teams care a lot about the speed of their processes. That’s why there are far more likely to use agile methodologies in planning their work. To make them even more efficient, team leaders often implement the principles of DevOps. These teams are also proactive which means that instead of waiting for an incident to occur and snowball, they try to prevent issues as soon as they appear. They invest time in analyzing root problems and have a solid problem management strategy in place.

    6. They improve their work on a daily basis

    Productive IT teams are all about improvement. They implement the process of Build, Measure, Learn to examine their own work and productivity. Smart team leaders usually provide their teams with regular feedback sessions where the entire team sits down to analyze their process and look for ways in which it could be improved.

    7. They have the right tools

    IT teams can only be productive if they’re equipped with the right project management tool. Jira Software is an optimal solution that brings benefits to many areas of work in IT teams. Since it’s highly flexible, teams can easily customize it to match their needs and processes. Moreover, Jira easily lends itself to the agile methodology such as Kanban or Scrum. No other factor has a comparable impact on team productivity than the software it uses to organize tasks.

    These are the 7 secrets that take IT teams from average to amazing.

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