No bottlenecks by scaling your development teams

Today’s development teams are associated with terms like ‘agile’ and ‘sprint’. The demand for shorter time-to-market and feature-rich apps delivers enormous pressure to development teams. 

If you’re a team leader, you’ll be familiar with coordinating the tasks between members and staying on schedule. However, Murphy’s Law often strikes when unexpected, and bottlenecks sometimes cause the progress to grind to a halt.

Why Bottlenecks Occur In Development Teams

When you’re missing one deadline after another, you ought to take a break and investigate the root cause of the bottlenecks. Failing to do so hampers progress and guarantees a repeat of the same predicament.

Some bottlenecks are quite obvious, while others are harder to spot. Turn your attention to your team and consider whether they’re handling too many projects simultaneously. Sometimes, one of the members can be overwhelmed by the demand for his/her expertise in a particular project.

For example, a UI/UX designer who has been assigned a graphic-rich app may lead to a delay in testing and delivery. Even if coding is done concurrently with a mockup UI, the acceptance test and launch are still dependent on the final graphics.

The lack of clear goals can also hamper progress for a development team. Amongst the team members, they must agree on the priorities to progress as a whole. Is getting an MVP to the market more important or is it important to have every feature perfect on the initial release? 

Sometimes, you, the team leader, can be a bottleneck without realizing it. Are you calling all the shots, regardless of importance, in the project? If so, your team could be waiting for your go-ahead in a list of important decisions. 

How To Scale To Avoid Bottlenecks?

When you’re hindered by bottlenecks, blindly scaling your team will only magnify the same problem. Getting more people on board without a sound strategy will not remove the bottlenecks.

Here’s how to scale and avoid bottlenecks at the same time.

1. Hire cross-functional developers

If you’re to hire additional developers for your team, look for candidates adept in a couple or more areas. It helps when a team member could take off the burden of others as and when needed.

2. Set clear goals

As the leader, you’ll need to get each member on the same page on goals and priorities. Make it clear before commencing on a project. It helps to synchronize the team even when they’re working on different tasks. 

3. Delegate

You shouldn’t be making all the decisions on the team. Once you’ve set clear goals, you ought to be delegating tasks and decision-making to the members. Doing so allows the team to move forward without depending on a key person.

Of course, you’ll need to keep the communication channel open and be ready to offer opinions if your team has trouble calling the shots. 

4. Fine-tune processes

From how specifications are drafted and codes are documented, development teams rely on processes. If the existing process proves to be inefficient, it’s high time to revise and improvise. 

5. Leverage technology

Your ability to leverage technology can bypass some of the bottlenecks that are dragging your team back. Look for repetitive tasks that are time-wasters. Chances are, you could find a SaaS software to take over.

For example, shifting from a console-based approach to a user-friendly UI for data monitoring allows your team to focus on tasks that matter.

Bottom Line

It’s important to strike a balance between scaling and avoiding bottlenecks. Hopefully, this article helps you grow an agile team that meets the growing demands of app development. 

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