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Building an Effective Software Development Team For Your Project

November 10 20203 min read

Modern technology is enabling companies to leverage technical talent around the world and build a successful remote development team. Hiring a remote technician eliminates several problems you may run into. For example, you don’t have to look for technical professionals based on location, relocation readiness, and a more flexible salary approach.

To make your remote development team feel comfortable and effectively involved in the process, you need to know how to organize everything correctly.

Build a Successful Team

1. Select the desired team structure that fits your project

There are three general types of development team structure: generalists, specialists, and hybrid teams. Each type works effectively on one project and regularly gets stuck in another. To prevent the latter, consider the complexity, time, and budget of your project, and decide which team structure is best for it.

2. Small teams are good

Smaller development teams are more productive because it is easier for them to coordinate their efforts and communicate. Based on the experience of many companies, 4-8 people is the ideal size for a team. And if it’s a large project, you can divide one group into subgroups, each with its leader.

3. Make sure you have all informal roles within the team

Development teams can benefit from informal roles such as thought leader, social leader, multiple idea generators, critics, and doers. Having all the functions promotes regular project discussions and helps the team become more self-governing.

Create workflows that increase productivity

After you choose your team structure and, of course, gather it, you can continue to make its workflows that will help avoid various issues in the project.

4. Project management software

Project management software automates repetitive processes. Common tasks go through a predetermined set of actions to complete. For example, your developer starts a code change workflow and takes the first step of submitting the changed code snippet for peer review in the project management app. A member of their team approves it and proceeds to the final stage: transfers the changed code to QA experts.

Also, this type of software visualizes the development process as a whole. Each team member can see how their work is interconnected with others.

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5. Correct documentation and management

Business and technical documentation must be consistent with the current state of the project so that the team is aware of the project’s direction. However, you should also make it easier to adhere to annotations, coding standards, and UX, increasing team consistency.

Note. If you work with a dedicated development team from a software outsourcing vendor, make sure they regularly provide documentation on the project development process.

6. Create the right conflict resolution policy

Conflict resolution guidelines prevent them from aggravation. In the event of conflicts and problems, you should be prepared to document the escalation process with contact points, escalation priority levels, preferred means of communication, and resolution times. It also helps in case of conflicts between team members or subgroups.

Let’s create your team together

As you can see, building a software development team is a bit like a football team. Everyone knows their role, their position on the field, and the goal to which everyone strives. It’s not enough to choose good specialists; they should be like a puzzle. And your job is to really get to know each candidate to see how they work together.

If you need help or don’t know where to look for the professionals you need, you can contact us! We’ll be happy to provide you with any advice and assemble the right team to achieve the desired results.