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December 2020, by Aymeric Aitamer
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How to create better dev teamwork

We hear you. Managing web projects is no easy feat. You have to work quickly, can’t afford to make mistakes and there’s little time in the day for lengthy administrative tasks.  You have multiple dev teams to keep track of, what feels like too many projects running at once and deadlines looming on the horizon. You want to work fast but you also want to exceed expectations. It’s not simple. You need to give your dev team the resources that they need to stay organized, to quickly integrate feedback and to communicate effectively. 

The dev team and why teamwork matters

The dev team is there to create the best web app possible to consumers. Think of them as your greatest ally in managing web projects. 

If the digital team is there to set a strong digital direction for the company, the dev team is there to make it happen. Setting priorities and work to make the company vision a reality. Without the frameworks built by the dev team, the company will struggle to meet high standards and enforce them. 

They also work hard to keep things running smoothly, since it’s essential for the dev team to collaborate with other departments. We’re talking about real teamwork here. Think of them as your favorite team sport. Marketing draws people in, the Dev team has the technology and SCORE –  the Digital team has all the data. Each project finished together is like a shiny trophy on the shelf. 

It’s not only just about creating good customer experiences, it’s about working internally to educate colleagues about the best use of digital tools. This should be a part of the daily workflow. The workflow should be accessible and visible, so everyone is on the same page. This allows collaboration to come easy and feedback to be thoughtful. All things digital should make sense across the entire company. 

The dev team is there to work in an agile, interactive and data-driven way. Their role is to pay attention and to recreate the physical experience of a store online. Since the digital landscape is flexible, it’s important to be fast enough to adapt. It’s about making decisions based on data while maintaining the highest standards of work possible.

Three major challenges managing web projects and how to tackle them

It’s not easy managing web projects, especially when your team is busy and deadlines are fast approaching. Here are a few pieces of advice to help you tackle these very common pain points. 

Stay organised

If a team isn’t organized there will be chaos. Projects won’t get out, deadlines won’t be met and you’ll find yourself amongst some very unhappy clients. Sometimes it’s a question of the marketing team not communicating with the IT team, or that ideas are not being explained effectively. There needs to be a way to coordinate and a tool to communicate. Whether you use communication tools, a collaboration tool or a project management tool, it’s important to spend time developing and testing your processes. 

Communicate

Remember: in terms of strategy, the dev team is the heart of communication. 

In order to balance speed and workflow, all teams should work together. It’s impossible to work together without proper outlets for communication and feedback. 

The perfect organization would have strong communication between the digital department, the marketing department, and the IT department. It’s important to understand that although they are individual units in a company, they all must come together to balance speed and workflow.

Keep the visibility

It’s tough to create a dream team that is organized and good communicators. Set yourself up with a group of all-stars and you’ll have visibility throughout the journey, agility in the process and results where it matters most.
However, this isn’t enough if no one knows what is happening and who is working on what. Having a clear overview of what has been build or deployed, on issues that are rising will allow the team to really go faster and streamline their process.

Complete deployment management solution to the rescue

To keep on top of things, the best thing that you can do is have a visual view of everything that you need to do. Something that organizes your team and sets them up for success. Something that moves as fast as your dev team does and something visually simple to understand. Both when you’re building your website and when you’re deploying it. 

An all-in-one platform to deploy, run and manage your web project can help through a suite of integrated software tools. You’ll have visibility throughout the process, opportunities for feedback and an understanding of what needs to get done, by whom and when. This clarity is critical to better understanding the interactions within the web development ecosystem. 

With the right tools, it’s easy to have control over your operations, fewer issues with human error and time-saving automation to make everyone’s lives easier. It’s time to start managing your team more effectively.

Wondering if Artifakt is for you? Looking to organize your digital and dev teams, collaborate with other departments and have visibility from the beginning to the end of a project?

Check out some of our features here.

Aymeric Aitamer
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