Technology is moving faster than ever before. The pandemic has accelerated digital transformations across every organization in every industry. Creating new remote working environments or developing new digital revenue channels has taken place at lightning speed over the past year.
At this time of rapid change, software development teams are continuing to help organizations adapt to our new environment and stay ahead of changing consumer habits. They also have to deal with their own personal situations and shifting organizational priorities – from new COVID protocols to virtual offices.
As 2021 progresses, what are the elements that would help business leaders stay ahead of the latest innovations and build resilient, forward-looking teams? Here are three tips that I believe would help build next-generation software development teams.
Finding the right people is never an easy task. Hiring for the role you need to fill is important but it’s also important to look beyond those requirements. Having the right technology skills is not always the end all be all when it comes to hiring. Is this candidate a good fit from a cultural standpoint? Will they be engaged and motivated? Are they interested in learning and growing their own skill sets? Do they have different experiences and perspectives than your existing team members? With each team member bringing something special to the table, treating each person as an essential part of your operation is crucial. Embracing different perspectives, identities, and experiences leads to better outcomes. Marcelo Wzorek, Cinq’s Head of Operations, put it best in a recent Webcast:
“Everyone should feel valued and connected to the company. This is especially true during the pandemic,” he said. “Managing with a sense of empathy, understanding, and caring helps team members stay connected to each other as we work toward common goals.”
“Caring for your people during and after work hours, builds better teams and is the right thing to do,” Marcelo added.
Staying ahead of the latest trends and technologies is critical in delivering advanced software. Experimenting and allowing your teams to try new things can go a long way. It gives them opportunities to learn new applications and ways to deploy new technologies. Continuous training is a key part of the experimentation process. At Cinq, our teams actively participate in more than 20 events per month. We also invite clients to join and participate, adding another layer of value. These events come in different forms and settings. They are virtual, gamified, and often employee-led.
“The idea is to create space for open-minded discussions, team-building exercises, and knowledge sharing,” noted Fernando Ultremare, Chief Technology Officer of Cinq Technologies. “Our sessions range from in-depth training on defending against the latest cyber threats to discussions on advanced UX tools.”
“Adapting to new ideas and building expertise in advanced technologies require a ‘no fear’ mindset. Having the freedom to experiment and learn from each other provides the framework to keep teams ahead of the latest digital trends,” added Fernando.
Giving team members a certain degree of autonomy and responsibility for decision-making in their daily work improves innovation and productivity. When you empower employees to make their own decisions and decide their own path to success, you create a better workplace culture. At Cinq, all one thousand of our developers know what projects we are engaged with across the company. Not only are they aware of what’s happening, they know the project goals, objectives, and KPIs of every client engagement. Team members can request to be added to certain projects and teams at any given time. They may be interested in the client’s business, want experience with a new application, or have an idea or suggestion to help us achieve our goals. Giving them the opportunity to join or leave a team for any reason keeps them interested and engaged across the business. We also give them the tools and resources needed to successfully manage or lead their own projects, which can lead to massive innovations inside our own business. Empowered employees are loyal, committed, and more productive. When employees are given opportunities to work toward their goals and drive their own careers, the benefits are enormous.
Staying ahead of new technologies and applications can be a challenge for even the most tech-savvy organizations. Recruiting motivated learners, empowering your employees to move across teams, and creating opportunities for experimentation are critical elements to building next-generation software development teams.