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AI-assisted software development saves time and reduces errors, according to one company that has introduced a low-code visual platform for building customer enterprise software. “Something that took [developers] … five minutes, now they can achieve in 15 seconds,” says Antonio Alegria, head of AI at OutSystems. “And curiously, we’ve seen developers saying … that it’s actually helped them with repetitive strain injuries.”

In the latest episode of The AI Show, we talk to Alegria about smart systems helping developers write software. OutSystems’ low-code platform uses hybrid AI, combining probabilistic deep learning algorithms with configurable hard-coded constraints to predict what developers need next and present that visually.

Trained on “over 15 million instances of code patterns,” the software apparently helps developers reduce cognitive load and focus more on what they want to build, rather than how to specifically actualize it. And if they have to type less, they can reduce repetitive strain on their wrists, elbows, and fingers.

“In many cases where the algorithms have learned specific patterns, you almost can just go, ‘Okay, next, next, next, next, next,’” Alegria says. “It’s very powerful.”

To build the platform, OutSystems makes extensive use of graph neural networks and technologies like TensorFlow. But this isn’t an integrated development environment that you can plug multiple programming languages into: It’s a proprietary system for building business applications, which limits its applicability.

And there are additional challenges, because presenting the next best option to developers isn’t always easy. “What we found is that sometimes we have the AI capability to do the right predictions with high accuracy, but it’s not always easy to find the best user experience to expose this,” says Alegria.

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The demand for highly skilled software developers has been growing fast for years but shows no signs of stopping. Experts expect the market for software developers to grow 21% over the next 10 years, much higher than the average demand for other occupations.

While job opportunities may be easier to come by, software engineering is a competitive field where differentiation is becoming more critical. Developers today can choose to focus on a wide variety of languages and platforms, career trajectories, and ways to contribute uniquely to their teams (or stand out from competing applicants). So how do you determine where to invest your time and energy? Here are three ways you can improve your software development skills, broaden your knowledge, and decide what to specialize in:

No one has time to achieve proficiency across every language and framework. Of course, you might want to boost your skills in a couple of new software development technologies. But don’t forget to look at the big development picture: process management, workflows, project management, tooling, team culture, communication, and so on. Identify a few areas that are meaningful to you right now, and set some small goals. Here are some ideas:

  • Subscribe to one new resource, such as a blog, magazine, or industry news site, and read it frequently to stay up to date on trends and other resources.
  • Find one live class, course, or webinar to join in the next two weeks.
  • Check out more resources for learning a new language, framework, or technology. According to the annual Stack Overflow Development Survey, the top-paying technologies in the world right now are Clojure, F#, Go, Scala, and Elixir. In the U.S., that list includes Scala, Clojure, Go, Erlang, and Objective-C.
  • Knowing what you don’t know—and what you need to know for personal and career growth—will help you focus on the areas that matter the most beyond language and framework knowledge.

As a developer, you’re a deep well of unique, specialized knowledge you’ve acquired from your formal education, all the learning opportunities you’ve taken advantage of, and a career full of analytical problem solving (and not a small amount of trial and error). Why not tap into the unique, specialized knowledge of your peers? Collaboration is a great way to learn from other software developers and diversify the ways you accomplish tasks.

Pair programming is an excellent way to improve software development skills, but it’s not always practical. Luckily, there are dozens of collaboration tools available, from Slack to Stack Overflow. Many of these products let you get solicit feedback while you’re in the middle of a project or tackling a particularly tough problem.

Many developers don’t see security as a skill, but it is. If you do it well, coding securely allows you to write code faster and prevents you from having to scramble to make last-minute changes (or worse, release a codebase that’s easy to break into).

The demand for secure software development skills keeps growing. Learning these skills is an easy way to set yourself apart in a competitive job market. Kaspersky Lab’s 2019 IT Security Economics Report noted 66% of both large and small companies were planning to increase their investments in specialist IT staff over the next year.

The reason: Investing in security pays off. The survey found that having an internal security operations center cut the financial impact of a data breach nearly in half ($675,000 as opposed to $1.4 million). Developers who can help prevent these kinds of incidents are inherently valuable to any software development organization that deals with data, not just those in traditionally risk-averse industries such as healthcare and finance. Here’s how to get started:

Study success stories

Every company everywhere struggles with security. Why reinvent the wheel when expert guidance is already available? The Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM) is a helpful tool to learn more about software security. The BSIMM describes over a hundred software security activities practiced by real-world development organizations. Download it for free and get inspired to work on the software development skills that have the most impact.

Know your stack

Software developers know that no technology is free from security problems. Open source software is a great example. Even though an open source project might have thousands of eyes on it, new threats in popular open source components are discovered every day. Take an inventory of your stack and learn more about the risks inherent to each framework, language, third-party service, and open source component.

Incorporate security into your definition of ‘done’

Writing use cases is part of your daily process. So why not incorporate the practice of writing abuse cases? Train your brain to start thinking like an attacker. Ask yourself questions like “Why would someone want to exploit my code?” and “How would they go about breaking in?” Put your hacker hat on and start building security into your applications.

Consider security tools to add to your development process

Code reviews are great but can be infrequent and inconsistent. Instead, look for a tool that automates code reviews, surfaces open source issues, and integrates with your build process. Even better, find an IDE plugin for secure development. You’ll save hours of triaging and learn how to fix a huge number of issues before they leave your desktop. And as you know, learning by doing is the best way to boost your software development skills, hands down.

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Did you know there are at least 60 defined software development methodologies that have come out over the past five decades? The various options boggle the mind. Waterfall, lean, and agile are some of the best known, but there are so many more, including Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) and Test-Driven Development (TDD), as well as at least 30 hybrid options. Some have fallen out of favor, and even with all those that have evolved, new ones are also being conceived, such as Behavior-Driven Development (BDD).

Do there really need to be so many to choose from? How do you determine which one to use for designing your software? The short answer is: it depends. In fact, there is no single development methodology that will work for every software project. Some are better suited for smaller teams or applications, while others are ideal for specific industries due to regulatory requirements. For a comparison of many development methodologies using consistent metrics, refer to Capers Jones’ excellent book, Software Methodologies: A Quantitative Guide.

Regardless of which one you choose, there are some essential components or activities that apply to all the methodologies. These include (but are not limited to):

  •   Documentation of user requirements
  •   Estimates for development cost and schedule
  •   Goals and metrics for quality and risk
  •   Controls for change and configuration management
  •   Development of test strategy and test cases

For example, you need the ability to measure both productivity and quality with useful metrics such as Function Points. It is important to establish an appropriate measurement method with consistent counting mechanisms for projects, so that you can have confidence in the values and correlate them across projects. You should only track metrics that add value to your process.

You should also strive to leverage reusable components to streamline and optimize the development and test flows. Most software development is not about creating new and unique applications, but instead is replacing, modifying, interacting with, or enhancing legacy software. If you can identify common features used by your applications, you can cut down on the total development and test time if you can reference existing requirements or code modules for another project.

Another key consideration is how the software testing process ties into the development workflow. The transition to software development methodologies such as DevOps and agile has made implementing a corresponding testing methodology a higher priority. You can reduce the number of defects and improve the software quality when you implement an effective testing strategy and shift left the application testing to start earlier in the development cycle. It takes a conscious effort to make software testing a strategic component of your development workflow, and a strong commitment to do it more effectively with automation.

Beyond the basic functionality of the code, you have to ensure that the application interacts correctly through the user interface (UI) and application programming interfaces (APIs). Manual testing simply cannot cover all the use cases with sufficient thoroughness or speed. It is much more efficient to handle the challenges of API and UI testing with automated tools that reduce the time, effort, and cost of delivering high-quality software.

An automated testing plan also helps to reduce the costs of maintaining the software and its testing process. Test automation enables a stronger focus on quality at speed. The top expense of software development is the cost of finding and fixing bugs, so enabling automation earlier in the development life cycle can significantly reduce the cost impact and improve defect removal efficiency (DRE). Fewer defects directly translate to higher quality code and applications, in support of the defined goals and metrics.

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Software developers already constitute the largest group of remote workers in the world. Given the current COVID-19 situation, more developers are likely to shift to a similar arrangement. But, why are developers leading the course of this fluid workforce?

In a survey, some 73% of technology professionals revealed that they think of remote work as an essential perk. Programming requires high levels of concentration and focus since it involves working on complex algorithms and mathematical software. Open offices may be too noisy and full of interruptions. Hence, given a choice between a public office and a quiet home, the latter is mostly preferred.

Developers Worked Towards ‘Work From Home’ Long Ago

Innovations were in place that could enable developers to track anyone from any part of the world with a simple click of a button. Processes that were once done through meeting clients in person were now accomplished on online systems that only require participants to log in.

When people realized that a well-paying job could be done at home with the help of the internet, developers started making codes more straightforward for regular people to understand. 

It is also worth highlighting the agile development practices, and the benefits of co-location.

Most agile enthusiasts will tell you that it is better if the team is co-located. This is true to the extent that given an ideal organization, you will probably get better output out of them if they are co-located rather than working remotely. But sometimes, to get that perfect team, you need to provide conditions that they are happy with. If software developers are not happy travelling three hours every day, then you might need to live with the ideal team where some or all of the team members are operating remotely. 

Developers Still Need To Make Sure There Is Effective Communication With The Management

It is evident that not all tech experts require remote work, even though most companies seem to be offering that amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It also places more expectations on managers and executives to create a workspace where programmers can work without too many interruptions and distractions. For example, it is increasingly becoming clear that many developers dislike open offices, and prefer to operate in comparative isolation, at least when they want to concentrate. 

For managers, this is also a problem of communication. Rather than implementing top-down strategies that might upset developers’ flow, it might be better to talk to them about their preferred ways of working—whether that is at a desk, or a cafe. Just listening and coordinating with developers can guarantee the best product as it is a critical job role which does not require a lot of micromanagement.

In the short-term, conferencing technology companies are enabling alternatives. Companies like Zoom, Webex, and other teleconferencing and remote working solutions are being used extensively by organizations.

Handling CyberSecurity Better Than The Average Employee

There are other factors as well that come into play. Programming usually does not involve face-to-face problem discussion all the time. If need be, there is video chat as well as virtualization tools like Slack and Trello. These tools are user-friendly and tailor-made for remote workers, particularly developers. The built-in integrations and APIs can be leveraged by developers to customize virtualization tools to their most optimum use. Also, work from home, when it comes to developers, is more efficient in the context of cybersecurity as well. 

Compared to an average company employee, developers and IT teams can follow cybersecurity protocols from any remote location, and make sure they detect vulnerabilities in the workflow without a lot of help. In the case of other departments like sales, marketing, and finance, the employees can face great difficulty and ignorance to maintain the best security principles.

In many cases, everyday office workers face challenges in setting up two-factor authentication services, let alone debug a cybersecurity software tool. This translates into more trust as well as freedom put into the hands of developers when it comes to handling sensitive data and security protocols.

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Truecaller today announced the launch of version 2.0 of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android developers .

Truecaller today announced the launch of version 2.0 of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android developers. Using Truecaller SDK 2.0, developers and start-ups will now be able to offer seamless phone number verification services on their Android apps for non-Truecaller app users also via missed call functionality to their devices. This is in addition to already existing functionality of SDK where developers can instantly verify users with their Truecaller credentials on their apps. The latest version will eliminate the hassle of generating OTP through SMS, which is typically a source of inconvenience for both developers as well as their app users. Developers can access the latest version SDK 2.0 from Truecaller’s global developer portal.

Most of the new apps and services being built for emerging markets are moving fast towards mobile numbers as a key identifier in their user journeys. Using Truecaller’s SDK 2.0, the app developer can easily verify the mobile number, which allows for a faster, smoother and enhanced app onboarding experience for the user.

Commenting on this latest update, Priyam Bose, Global Head of Developer Platform & Relations at Truecaller, said “At Truecaller, we are focused on providing a frictionless experience to users and 3rd party app developer partners alike. With Truecaller SDK 2.0 roll out, it will enable android app developers  to verify all their app users in a seamless and trusted manner via phone number as the identifier – as a result achieving higher verification and growth rates for their apps. We are rolling out this version of the SDK starting with India. In future, we would explore extending this to other markets globally.’’

Until now, Truecaller SDK only allowed developers globally to verify phone number based identities for existing and registered Truecaller users on 3rd party apps, using their Truecaller account credentials in 1-tap, instant and consent based flow. The latest version of the SDK will now enable them to additionally verify non-Truecaller app users also seamlessly using a missed call. This process doesn’t incur any verification costs, as the verification services provided by Truecaller SDK are free for all app developers. Missed call based verification is known to deliver better conversion and success rates as compared to the traditional SMS based OTPs.

Some of the leading Indian startups, who had early access to the SDK, shared their thoughts on the integration:

Rishikesh SR, co-founder, Rapido said, “No mobile identity toolkit is simpler than Truecaller SDK. It was quick to set up and we could go live within a day. We observed that it helped us in reducing user drop-offs and increasing our install-to-signup ratio by over 12%, thus positively impacting our overall ride bookings. With the mass scale that Truecaller has, I strongly recommend using Truecaller SDK to every mobile-first company out there.”

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Humble is on a roll with with excellent, affordable bundles that teach you technology skills while you’re stuck at home. We’ve already covered more entry-level Humble bundles devoted to introducing coding to kids and giving you what you need to land an IT job. But if you’re already a developer with a base understanding of a few languages, check out the Humble Book Bundle: Software Development by O’Reilly.

Like all Humble bundles, this one contains several payment tiers, with new books unlocking at each level. The bundle is set to expire on Monday, April 13, 2020. Whether I do that again today, we’ll see but I’m more excited

Starting at the $1 tier, the bundle offers Technology Strategy Patterns, Apprenticeship Patterns, 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know, The Art of Readable Code, and Algorithms in a Nutshell.

Paying $8 adds Test-Driven Development with Python 2nd Edition, Introduction to Machine Learning with Python, Becoming a Better Programmer, Regular Expressions Cookbook 2nd Edition, and Head First Agile.

Finally, the $15 tier takes it up a few notches with Learning CoreDNS, Programming Quantum Computing, Real-World Software Development, and Head First Design Patterns. It also has Cloud Native, which covers how to create a modern cloud application.

That’s a fairly solid collection of books for those who already know how to code.

Humble Bundle allows you to pay the minimum of $15 to get all the books, but you can also pay what you want as a portion of the proceeds go to charity. By default, this bundle supports Code for America, but you can choose a different charity if you like.

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Software company managers face the critical challenge of keeping the business running efficiently and profitably while defending a company culture in which workers feel safe and comfortable. A primary advantage of building a software development team comprised of happy people is decreased employee turnover — but the benefits don’t stop there.

Terry Simpson, technical evangelist at Nintex, shares his insights into the difference a happy software development team can make for your business.

What are the benefits of building a software development team of happy employees?

Simpson: Employees are the company’s most important asset. Happier employees are more productive and healthier. Their improved performance increases profitability, and they tend to pass their energy and positive attitudes right on to your customers.

How much of a difference can employees’ frame of mind make in terms of productivity?

Simpson: Our daily decisions and actions are driven partly by emotions. When your emotions are taking a positive direction, it is much easier to start that next project, help one more person, answer one more email, and pass that positive emotion onto one more employee.

One recent study,cited by the World Economic Forum, found that happier call-center employees achieved 13 percent higher sales than their unhappy colleagues — without putting in more hours.

Sales, in particular, is a rollercoaster of emotions. The sales cycle tends to have rapid swings, from rejection to rejoicing. Overall, employee morale and happiness have a significant impact on the success or failure of employees.

Moderation is key in this environment, and having a stable base of high morale can make or break a sales group. Successful sales groups celebrate each other’s successes and also provide support for times of rejection.

How does employee happiness impact innovation and creativity?

Simpson: Innovation and creativity require a lot of momentum and energy.  Happy employees energize the company, and unhappy employees drain that energy right out. An unhappy employee will flounder and stew in the unhappiness. Happy employees will stay in motion with their heads held high, pushing forward for more innovation and creativity.

How does employee morale impact customer service?

Simpson: When your energy goes beyond yourself and into the customer interaction, it will make a deep impression. Happy employees naturally create positive interactions and experiences for those around them. Creating an environment of service-oriented and happy employees can accelerate the company’s growth. We all need cheerleaders in life, why not be a cheerleader for your customers in all your interactions?

What are the most important things for a software development company to do to ensure its employees are happy at work?

Simpson: Every day, I eat at least three meals. I need that nourishment to make it through the day. Software companies need to take the same approach with their software development teams — serving them, nourishing them, caring about their happiness, making sure they have what they need to succeed. This has to involve more than a single event; it’s about creating a company culture, and it has to come from the top. When this happens, it changes everything for the better — focus, intensity, and outcomes.

My company does this for me, and I strive to do the same thing every day in my interactions with co-workers, partners, and customers.

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Good developers are in demand—great ones, even more so. With software development employment in the U.S. expected to grow by 21% by 2028, the need for engineers is only going to surge further.

But this doesn’t mean that the labor landscape will become uncompetitive: Now more than ever, individuals with a passion for software are entering the field, and organizations will only be looking for the best. As the amount of people going into software development goes up—with global numbers expected to reach 27.7 million by 2023—it will become increasingly important to demonstrate your skills and dedication to the profession.

The gap between a good developer and a great one is bigger than you may think. Here’s what the best developers do to excel at their jobs and lead in their field.

The Best Software Developers Know How Their Skills Fit Into the Big Picture

While a good coder handles the responsibilities they have within their role, the best coders make sure they see the big picture. They take the time to understand the foundations of how businesses work, including revenue, profit, bottlenecks and the strategies of departments other than their own. 

This might mean investing extra time into general business self-education or holding meetings with other departments, but great programmers know it’s worth it in the long run. They recognize the importance of grasping how the cogs of an organization come together to keep things running—and exactly how they fit in.

By having this 360 view, they can hold influence in areas outside their remit and clearly match the business’ mission to their own work. Valuable coders will use their problem-solving mindset to propose solutions to company-wide problems and put themselves in the shoes of other team members.

Rest and Relaxation Is Vital for Productivity

Far from the stereotype of frequently pulling caffeine-fueled all-nighters, the best developers know that, like the powerful systems they work with, they also need some downtime to recharge.

Great coders challenge the stereotype of having a bad diet and inactive lifestyle and prioritize their own health and well-being. They recognize that as soon as you pass the threshold of 50 hours of work a week, you’re no longer productive. In fact, working too much can be counterproductive, as you’re much more likely to make mistakes.

Great developers know when to shut down their computer and spend time with their families, do some exercise, spend time in nature and eat a healthy meal. This time to recharge is essential in order to go back to work refreshed and ready to tackle any problems with a clear and rested mind.

Continuous Learning Is Crucial for Progression

Ideally, all developers should be making efforts to advance their education in the field they’re in. As a developer, if you stop studying, you’re bound to get stuck at one point or another. The best coders make this a special focus in their lives, and make sure they’re always up to date with the latest developments in the technologies they work with.

It could be a new coding language, new frameworks or a new technique. Great coders are constantly making a concerted effort to advance their own education. Ultimately, they are always asking “why,” and are unafraid to experiment using their newfound skill.

Developers can easily find online courses to supplement formal education. Taking part in hackathons is another way to boost extra learning, as well as keeping up with technical blogs and podcasts.

Great developers also follow other passions outside of coding. For example, the logical nature of software development allows coders to excel at learning other skills, such as languages, playing an instrument, martial arts or even flying a plane. It enables them to exercise the same part of their brain while enjoying something fun and non-work related.

Personal Projects Show Dedication and Independent Thinking

Coders know that the best way to learn how to build great products is through practice. Even if the project ultimately fails, building a product will always provide important lessons to apply the next time.

Side projects that a developer might work on include personal tools, open-source libraries, a startup idea or a freelance project. These personal projects allow programmers to be in the driving seat: They are forced to solve problems independently instead of asking for help, equipping them with skills that might otherwise take longer to gain.

Engaging in independent work also allows developers to explore and utilize the new languages and frameworks that they gain in their personal education efforts. When developers that have spent time working on their own projects try to prove themselves in the job market, they will stand out against those that have remained largely within the confines of their professional role.

Ultimately, the vast majority of developers are in the game because they have a passion for building exciting and useful products. This makes it easier to find those who go the extra mile to really hone their existing skills and learn new ones. But, like in any profession, there will always be a certain percentage that remains a cut above the rest. Take a holistic approach to your career in software development with this advice and raise your game, and chances of landing that dream job.

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You will see hundreds of articles written when you type on Google “How to organise software development team?”

However, you can have a tough time narrowing down on thousands of search results, and getting to understand the actual tips can be tough.

We bring to you a discussion with focus on the points to be kept in mind for organising a software development team.

You might be confident regarding your teams doing well, but make no mistake about it as even the most organised teams fail to gauge the miscalculations.

Being in the management or in a managerial position, it is your vital responsibility to keep teams together, working in perfect coordination with one another, and it is more of a challenge since you have to work with diverse people having diverse skillsets.

Hence, to stay on top of competitive arena wherein turnaround team is critical, not to forget keeping quality intact, divide tasks into subgroups and have your teams to be multi functional and multi disciplinary.

So, how to go about organising your team? Let us look at ways by which you can bring about a systematic approach allowing your software development team to be organised.

What it takes to build an organised software development team?

It is very important to plan in advance before adopting a step by step approach in organising a team in a software development company, for streamlining of productivity, communication, and a systematic structure in place.

For this, you should go through the six ways that would help in successfully building an organised software development team.

Tip 1. Taking right people onboard

Not everyone can be a right fit for particular role in a project and hence you need to hire a full stack developer and choose right people for the job who would do full justice to project requirements.

It is very important to have the roles and responsibilities well sketched out as defined below with delegation of tasks done wisely:

  • Project Manager

It is the top most position in any project responsible for the entire project implementation starting from planning strategy to hiring people, delegating tasks, and executing the project within given cost and time constraints.

  • Functional Manager

Functional managers are the ones reporting to the project manager and responsible for the individual module completion within the project.

  • Business Analyst

Business analysts are responsible not just for gathering the project requirements but also doing the feasibility study and ensuring the project deliverables are achieved on time with as much perfection possible.

  • QA Manager

It is the person responsible for handling the entire quality assurance team and overseeing the roles of quality assurance analysts within the team.

  • QA Analysts

They are the ones responsible for assuring the quality via constant testing and report to QA manager.

  • Team Lead

A team lead is responsible for overseeing the work of developers, designers, and programmers, to ensure that a quality product is prepared out of combined efforts of the team.

  • Programmers/Designers/Developers

They are the ones responsible for designing the layout, writing the code, programming the code into the interface for a visual experience, and the entire web developers team report to the team lead.

Tip 2. Always emphasise on appreciation

It is very crucial to recognise the caliber and talents before hand whenever you hand over a project to the software development team.

When you appreciate your team members even before the commencement of the project, there is a sense of motivation and adrenaline pumped up in the hearts and minds of team mates.

Not just your appreciation matters, but even instruct them to appreciate one another in advance so that there is a sense of ice break between them and cohesiveness comes prior to the beginning of the project.

By doing this, you have already let varied personalities hear complement from you and one another, leading to inspiration for performing their job role with full devotion.

Tip 3. Select right team structure

It is absolutely vital to have an apt hierarchical structure in place wherein you tend to have a relevant top down order in place to have no confusion whatsoever with people working within a team or between people across teams.

To accomplish this you can opt for any of the three structures as discussed:

Generalist structure is a one wherein you gather people from all departments irrespective of the experience and purely based on skills.

Specialist structure is the one wherein you tend to gather people who are masters of niche domains with a preferable experience.

Hybrid structure is the one wherein you tend to gather only exceptional people in each domain with considerable knowledge with experience as a secondary factor to consider.

Tip 4. Convey project requirements clearly

Software development projects can become real complex as they progress and hence you need to outline the requirements of the project in advance to all the team members so that there is no confusion down the line.

Outlining a project is super important as it gives a clear idea of how to go about using the time and budget in fulfilling the project not to forget keeping the quality and turnaround time intact.

Further, a team gets a clear direction on how to move ahead with the action plan, keeping the reasonable expectations in mind.

It is very important to gauge the interest of individual members of a team and whether they have the domain expertise to do full justice to their interest area.

Once you have the authority and responsibilities defined, it is all about giving full autonomy to the team, and let them independently handle what it takes to accomplish assigned tasks.

Tip 5. Keep yourself informed regarding project progress

Do have the status of the project progress be taken at every single development process so that the project doesn’t go off track, and team members performing their duties with full commitment and dedication.

Monitoring does play a crucial role in keeping team mates disciplined so that they are seriously performing their task with full devotion.

Tip 6. Celebrate smallest milestone victories

Celebrate every single moment when a project milestone has been reached.

Encouraging your team mates with constant celebrations of even the smallest victories will have improve development team and all geared up to achieve higher goals.

Conclusion

It is quite natural for every team to see difference in opinions and mindsets while working together, especially with a software development team wherein there are just too many job profiles involved.

However, when having an organised team in place for any app development project, web development project, or software development project, there is less margin for ego clashes, confusions, miscommunications, or dominating behaviours.

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Every company wants to deliver great products with high quality to their customers. At the same time, the company must develop and deliver the product faster without losing quality. Therefore, companies — and especially product managers — always try to optimize the software development process to get faster without losing the quality of the product and get ahead of their competitors.

These four aspects are essential to help you accelerate the speed of your development processes:

1. Have a well-defined product development strategy in place

The basis for every company and software development team must be a product strategy. With the strategy in-place, a team can derive their own necessary steps from the overall strategic framework that will help speed up the product’s development.

As a first step, a company or team must identify the market and the target audience it will develop the product for. If this knowledge is available, it’s much easier to focus on the customers’ needs and get into the details.

Based on the target audience, a development team and especially the product manager, in collaboration with UX/UI colleagues, can start with an early prototyping.

The company can share these early prototypes with target customers to get first insights about the potential of the new product. This early user involvement will help the team again to focus on the features that really matter to the customers.

2. Pursue a lean & agile way of working

If the company strategy is clear, the biggest process improvements can be done within the software development team. If a team uses Agile methodologies such as SCRUM or KANBAN, it can establish a lean way of working, even if the company around the team is not as agile.

The most important thing for a team is to focus. If the development and product focus has a clear vision and mission, a team can achieve amazing things. Here are four ways to become more agile and speed up processes:

  • A first process improvement is to focus more on only things that matter and eliminate useless meetings. Especially bigger companies tend to have the habit of having meetings for everything. Many of the topics handled in meetings can also be solved via eMail or messenger.
  • Second, teams should only have meetings with a clear agenda and a focus on what results should take place. These might be for example, refinement or planning meetings for the team or meetings with external stakeholders to learn more about their needs.
  • The next improvement is to eliminate dependencies, such as relying on other teams or services. This is a challenging job for the product manager, because it’s sometimes not so easy to oversee possible dependencies. In that case it’s important to involve the developers or a software architect in the early product discovery to get the technical perspective to the situation.
  • Once the dependencies are clear, the product manager must prepare the backlog for the team, that the team is able to pick up tasks on their own and get the product features implemented and tested. In the best case, the product backlog is prepared for upcoming sprints or weeks. During that time, the product manager can work ahead of the team to prepare new features or talk to customers to get their feedback. With this working mode a team always has a prepared backlog and can deliver products or features after each iteration.

3. Improve automation

Another thing to improve within a software development team is automation. This is clearly not a product manager’s task. However, a product manager must know the benefits of automation and support the team in investing time in their own infrastructure, which helps the team to build products.

Once automation is in place, whether they’re automated checks to verify code changes or scripts to package the product and distribute it within the organization, it will save the team time. The team can use this saved time to get more involved into the product discovery or work on the overall technical architecture of the product. If done right, automation will significantly speed up the development and delivery process.

However, before a team starts to invest time and money into automation, the team must have a good understanding of what should be automated and what not. For example, if parts of the product will change more frequently in the next weeks, it’s maybe not a good idea to start automating this part too early. On the other side, if there are critical parts of the application that must always be up and running it’s important to cover these parts with automation from the beginning. The decision which part should be automated when and how should be made within the team.

4. Documentation is key. Always.

Every product should be documented, including how the product has been developed. What are the supported features, where are potential problems or what to come in the future? Sounds like an easy task, but most teams did not invest enough time in documenting their own products and services. However, this invested time will help again to speed up the development process in the long run. Especially if a product is growing and is getting older, this kind of information will help the team to remember decisions or the product architecture.

Furthermore, a solid product documentation will help to onboard new colleagues to the team. They can invest some time to read through it and can understand dependencies and the logic of the product much faster. This will help the team to bring new colleagues up to speed faster. Last but not least a well documented product will also help stakeholders to get more knowledge about the product without asking and interrupting the team. Depending on the company IT infrastructure, the product documentation can be made within a ticketing system, a wiki or even in the code itself.

Time to speed up: Are you ready to invest?

Companies should concentrate on reducing the time to market of their products. They must be fast enough to serve the needs of their users and to stay ahead of the competition. However, the development speed doesn’t come for free. A team should invest time to analyze the current way of working. To improve the development process, get answers to the following questions to speed things up:

  • Is the product development strategy clear for everybody in the team?
  • Has the team enough focus and clarity to work independently on their own product?
  • Does the team have the required skills to develop the product?
  • Is the team using the right technologies and is the tech-infrastructure up to date?
  • Is the team enabled to invest time into automation and documentation?

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