Getting the correct structure for your development team is a big deal. It can be a complex problem, but it’s worth investing time and thought into for higher productivity and efficiency. The team structure is not just about the outcome of your project; it’s also about getting peak performance from your development team and keeping them focused towards the goal. Here are 5 tips to help you work, out the best structure for your dev team to get the most out of your project.
1. Use Functional Teams for Highest Efficiency
Functional teams are formed when developers are grouped by their own skill or specialization. This means that all the developers using one programming language will group together, and those with other skills will group separately. This grouping tends to naturally happen in larger teams.
When developers work like this, they are usually more efficient. Everyone around them is working in the same way, they can ask fellow developers questions about their particular area, and teams can share knowledge and learn together. The problem is that you may not be able to form functional groups when working with a small team on a single project.
2. Choose Product Teams for Quality Focus
When the dedicated development team brings their different skills to work together on a single project, it’s called a cross-functional product team. In this structure, the focus is more clearly on quality and the end result, with each member contributing their unique skills as a piece of the puzzle.
This type of team is inevitable in small teams, as each member may have different skills no-one else has. This can make the speed of progress more difficult, and team members may not get along as well. However, Product teams can help drive innovation, ingenuity, continuity and high quality result from the customer point of view, as each member brings a different perspective to bounce off the others.
3. Hybrid Structure Can Provide Balance
Combining both the Functional and Product team structure into a Hybrid format can provide the best of both worlds. This allows members with similar skills to learn from each other, while also interacting with other members to stimulate innovation and bounce ideas.
4. Software Developers Benefit from Peer Influence
In both team structures, what we can observe is that software engineers and developers benefit from peer influence. Choosing a team from a software development outsourcing company can be helpful because these developers will have an additional network of colleagues and associates to draw from as well as their immediate team. By outsourcing, you can also scale up and down with your team size to take advantage of different structures as needed.
5. Experiment and Be Flexible
The most important thing when it comes to structuring a custom software development team is to be flexible and don’t be afraid to experiment and have things not work out. Teams often resist change but restructuring when necessary can work out much better in the long run. This is where outsourcing can provide another benefit of giving you access to a dedicated team that is both flexible and committed. This way you can get all the benefits of a team committed to your vision and goal, while still allowing you to experiment with different team structures.
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