According to CNN Money, the best job in America is… drum roll please… Mobile App Developer. No big surprise given the high demand from consumers for integrated, easy, and mobile experiences across devices and industries. Think financial, retail and healthcare to name just three big hitters when it comes to mobile.
And with a 19% growth rate and salaries topping $130,000, mobile app developer jobs are in high demand and developer time is not cheap. Unfortunately, when it comes to App development projects, they can only move as fast as the slowest team.
Your challenge whether you’re a team lead, manager or simply a collaborator is to come up with a plan that encourages productivity while reducing stress. Here are a few ideas to help prime the pump for a successful outcome on your next dev project:
- Minimize Distractions
Who better than developers knows that distractions are deliverable killers?! Interruptions cost companies $588 billion per year in lost time. Minimize downtime for devs by reducing time on instant messaging, email and other tools of distraction.
- Maximize Working Time
The average worker wastes about 20% of their workday on non-work related tasks. Despite mainstream thinking about longer working hours equating to increased productivity, it’s actually a good case for either less working hours per day or working in short but concentrated blocks of time with 10-20 minute breaks between.
- Encourage Physical and Mental Health
Stress plays a big role in loss of productivity, and regular physical activity plays a big role in combating stress. Many companies supply gym memberships for employees, healthy meals or have other pro-health initiatives like standing desks. Help app development teams remain productive by encouraging and maintaining a healthy environment.
- Ensure Project Specs are S.M.A.R.T
Every development project begins with a great idea, which is ideally followed immediately by the SMART test. If your project is not Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely at every turn, your team’s productivity will suffer.
- Check Attitudes at the Door
Team leads play a significant role in steering the project and the team in a positive direction. You know the saying about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch? It’s true for apples and teams. Not just leads, everyone should arrive prepared to leave attitudes at the door and collaborate for the sake of the project’s outcome.
- Maximize Communication
Being a good communicator is vital to project success. Set communication expectations and guidelines by defining the important information that must be communicated and the format and cadence for communication.
- Write it Down
There’s some argument that documentation is dead. Others say not dead, just automated and yet others say mostly automated but in some cases traditional documentation is still necessary. No matter your thinking, documentation seems tedious and time consuming – until – you’re the one left holding the bag full of someone else’s code. Creating a documentation culture will go a long way to saving time in future updates and changes.
- Automate Everything
This one goes without saying but sometimes it’s overlooked and programmers can became bogged down in mundane tasks that could be easily accomplished through automation. Devs on the team are great resources for finding automation tools so, make it the team’s goal to automate everything possible and elicit their suggestions at every turn.
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