9 Simple Tips for Building a High-Performance Software Development Team

Jun 19, 2015

Hiring is never easy. But when you hire a team of developers, it is even trickier. To build a software development team, you need to make sure each programmer is an expert in their field, has the right personality to fit your company culture and coexist with others, and meets a ton of other requirements. A great team is like a puzzle, where every piece is in the right place.

Setting up a team like that is an art and takes time to master, but it doesn’t mean you cannot learn the basics of it. Here are nine simple tips that will help you build a software development team and keep it motivated.

1. Invest in Several Senior Developers

In a dedicated development team, you’ll surely need a senior or two. Their experience and more advanced knowledge will cost you more, but that expense will pay back. With the seniors’ strategic thinking, experience, and intuition, you can avoid many mistakes and come up with a better product in the end.

2. Consider Their Personality, Not Just Skills

Normally, it doesn’t take a team of rock stars to build good software. It’s far more important that the team members get along well and each performs their share of work flawlessly. That is why make sure you hire a team of developers that are team players, not egocentric geniuses with a bad temper.

3. Hire Both Men and Women

Sure, most software engineers are male, but you’d be surprised how much more productive a mixed team can be. A recent study showed that having both men and women on your team in equal shares facilitates innovation.

4. Hire Craftsmen Who Code Wisely

The requirements to your product may change several times, and that is when you will appreciate having craftsmen on board. A craftsman of a developer will create solid code that makes implementing changes easier.

5. Trust Their Coding Expertise

When you have set up a dedicated development team, it means you have hired people whose expertise raises no questions. So trust them and let them solve coding problems the way they think right instead of managing their every step.

6. Put Technical Knowledge Above Personal Convictions

In a development-related argument, make it your goal to find the right decision, not convince the team to do things your way, or solve a problem the way most of your programmers think right. Trust the people with more technical knowledge.

7. Provide the Tools Your Team Needs

Make sure your software development team has the tools that will make their work easier and faster. Ask them what software and hardware they lack and be sure to provide that. They won’t ask for something that is not absolutely necessary.

8. Make Sure They Have a Reasonable Working Schedule

Crazy deadlines and overtime work have hardly ever resulted in any good software. As a manager, try to plan the work in a way that lets your software development team work comfortably and devote enough time and attention to every problem.

9. Help Them Grow Professionally

Your developers’ growth can only benefit your business, so invest some time and money into it. Whether it’s a course, subscription to an educational resource, or a ticket to a developer conference - whatever makes your programmer more skilled, ultimately lets you build a better product.

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