The goal of every software company is to develop products that offer value to end-users. There are typically different paths to achieve that, whether the firm is small, medium, or large. And quite notably, some patterns are known to yield better results than others.
Typically, culture may influence some of these behavioral patterns of teams as they work towards creating software products. For example, a manager in a company with a micro-management culture may compel his team to write some code they’ll have to redo within a short time.
Whatever the case, some behavioral patterns will improve efficiency in developing excellent products while others may hamper it.
This article discusses three ways software companies can improve their efficiency.
1. Team dependencies should be minimal
Division of labor is essential. At the same time, it’s even better when each team isn’t entirely dependent on the others but has some considerable resources or knowledge to act when another team is down. Imagine nine teams not being able to move forward because one team member is sick at home.
Imagine this scenario. A user places a request to a software company regarding a bug. The service that receives the request replies that the change is in progress. But unfortunately, the server of the support team supposed to handle the change is down. So nothing happens.
Then imagine if the developers had a micro-support service within their team such that they could receive calls and attend to the issue. The problem would be resolved almost instantly, making the overall company more efficient.
It’s like having a backup on every team.
2. Augment your staff
How does your workforce cope in times of increasing workflow and customer demands? Are your end-users getting smooth experiences and maximum value from your app or website? Or does it seem like your team is strained and could do with some help?
Augmenting your staff can help you extend your team to become more efficient as a company. Whether you’re looking to delegate some processes so you can focus on the bigger picture, cover another timezone, or improve your team, staff augmentation companies can help. From administrative tasks to HR and software development, get the right team to integrate seamlessly with your in-house staff for optimal performance.
3. Do not be over-reliant on technology to create value
Technology is in almost all we do today. But if technology were taken away from your company, would you still be able to deliver value to customers, no matter how little or inconvenient it is?
Before technology, people could communicate, travel, play games, write, and do a whole lot of things. However, technology serves to make these things more efficient while reducing costs. But without technology, it doesn’t mean those things would go extinct.
Although technology is essential to maximize value creation, it isn’t essential to create value.
From the human interaction between your team members and customers to how you portray your company out there, you should be able to exude value in the absence of technology.
Avoid making each team over-dependent on each other. Otherwise, you risk downtimes when one team has a problem. Use technology not as an essential piece of your company’s existence but as an indispensable tool for boosting value creation. And finally, augment your team for optimal efficiency.
Katheryn is a tech B2B content writer, blogger, and digital marketing consultant at Outreach Monks. Having worked with several software companies over the years, she understands common problems such organizations face and has become a valuable resource for tech startups.