As a contemporary business owner, your tech team are a vital component in the overall success of your company. It can be a challenge to build your own technical team and manage it accordingly, especially if you’re a start-up and just beginning your tech journey.

I understand the problem that many companies face when building a happy and productive tech team. Whether you are a start-up or an established business, sometimes your team can seem a bit…lacking. However, there are plenty of ways that you can help ensure your tech team delivers the highest value first, faster and on time.

Let’s take a look at some of them here:

 

  1. Marketing your products quicker for a higher ROI

It doesn’t take a genius to work out why marketing your product quicker will make your business more money. We live in a fast-paced world where technology rules and if you can’t keep up, you get left behind.

The hard fact is that time is money. For every day that your team spends on the wrong things, you lose the chance to sell your product sooner. If you want to start seeing a return on investment and higher profits, you need to know what your tech team should be doing and the order they should be doing it.

The best way to organise this is by devising a requirements list for your team and sorting it by ‘highest value first’.

 

  1. Setting up smaller, achievable goals

It’s often human nature to shy away from big tasks because we prefer to break things down. The reason for this is because it gives us a sense of achievement. The satisfying moment when we stroke a task off our to-do list makes us feel like we have succeeded in some aspect of our daily lives.

Breaking tasks down into smaller parts and assigning an appropriate deadline to each one will ensure that your team completes the job within the desired time frame. It’s essential to decompose and test each item on your priority list to make sure that they can be achieved within the proposed timeframe.

 

  1. Systemise your teams

If you want more transparency in your business and you want to make sure that your team delivers on time, you need to know how to systemise your teams.

Systemising is all about creating a system that your tech team can follow. The first step is to consider how long your team needs to deliver a particular piece of work. The primary purpose of this first step is to create a regular working cycle for your team.

Smaller companies may need a one week cycle while larger businesses can have a much longer one. No matter what size your cycle is, it gives you a definite start and end mark for a particular piece of work.

Why set up work cycles?

It’s simple. Setting up a cycle provides a sense of completion and achievement in the workplace, which is important because it helps to increase productivity and it gives you the opportunity to review things at the end of the cycle.

 

  1. How to set up a cycle

Whether your cycle runs for one or two weeks, you need to plan to be successful. Your planning window could be as long as two to three hours but as a general rule of thumb, the longer your work cycle, the more time should be assigned to the planning process.

Towards the end of the cycle, you should provide two things:

  • A demonstration of what the team has completed – this also gives you the opportunity to provide your team with feedback
  • Record any lessons learnt – include things that you know can be improved and turn them into real actions that you take during the following cycle
  1. Increase happiness, increase productivity

Many people assume that happiness is the result of productivity, but this is not the case. More often than not, happiness comes before productivity.

So, how can you create a happy team?

A routine gives a team direction and purpose. It means that everyone knows what’s happening next and the steps they need to take to complete each task.

Another way to get a happier team is to ensure the team doesn’t get too big. For example, have you ever wondered why a football team has only 11 players on the field? Any more than that and the team can no longer sustain communication, and that sense of belonging to a team is lost.

The best thing you can do is to be straightforward, practical and try not to focus on the intangibility of behavioural change.

Here’s a few recommendations of my favourite project management tools to help create a happier, more productive teach team:

 

Project management tools for small teams:

www.trello.com

www.asana.com

www.teamwork.com

Great for larger corporate teams:

http://www.versionone.com/

 

Here’s a video where I discuss how you can create a happy team that delivers high-value work first, faster and on time:

I hope that you found this advice helpful and that it helps you to increase happiness and productivity in the workplace. This podcast episode was sponsored by Process Street which is a fantastic way to set up your standard operating procedures for your business, set up and design your checklists and manage your processes. We use it here at Rewired for ourselves and our clients, so it’s definitely worth your time.

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