It is imperative for our client’s success that the apps we develop for them are managed properly. An app is a large investment. If an app were to see less than stellar success, that would be detrimental to the future of our client’s businesses.
There are many factors that go into successful software development. Between the leader, tools, processes, and actual tasks.
Task Delegation Tips
Darko, our Project Director delegates tasks based on a few criteria. The most obvious one, being which team does the task fall to? Is this a task for the backend to handle or is it a frontend task? A brilliant and fitting quote to describe project management and its relationship to the bigger picture.
“Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” — Joy Gumz
Our team currently self-manages most of the time. By trusting our team to get what needs to be done completed, we’ve seen a bigger push in dedication and efficiency. Darko, our Project Director stays away from micromanager or over managing as it causes frustration and lack of motivation.
If a team member seems to be having trouble with a task, the PM (Project Manager) sits down and works through functionality with the team.
Communication and clarity. The biggest factor in the success of your project and manager is communication. Communication is key in any relationship, especially one with so many moving parts. Proper documentation and regular reports will prove helpful to your team working together. Regular meetings and team standups will create a level of transparency. Clear communication with clients and stakeholders creates trust.
Thorough documentation and explanation of features lets teams properly estimate timeline for specific tasks.
Since we are a software development company, we use many tools that may not be entirely suitable to you or your business. However, there are a few key tools that will ensure success for any project in any industry.
Previously mentioned, our Project Director uses, Monday.com, Slack, Figma, and FigJam. Our Social and Marketing Manager uses Monday.com, Airtable, Slack, and a variety of adobe projects and SEMrush to ensure success. What do these lists have in common?
Well for starters they both include task management applications, as well as communication tools, but beyond that, they’re tools that work for them and their specific needs. Finding the right tools for your business may be as easy as using the same ones that Nexrage uses, or it may take trial and error. There are so many tasks management tools out there, anything from Monday.com to Notion to Todoist to Asana, to Azure TFS… the list goes on and on and on and on…
We picked Monday.com because of the vast variations on automations, boards, and plugins. We picked Slack for the same reasons, and the variety of custom emojis we could create.
Roadblocks and mistakes are bound to happen. Planning for a buffer can help mitigate the negative effect on the timeline that might result. Being a flexible leader in cases of high stress could mean the success rather than failure of a project. Being able to adapt quickly and think on your feet when it’s crunch time, as well as having the ability to properly prioritize tasks depending on importance to the client is crucial.
It is standard practice to add a buffer to an estimated timeline to account for uncertainties. The method in determining the quantity of buffer varies on the team members attached, the complexity of the task, and what pieces of technology of the existing application or software the feature will touch.
Moral and motivation go hand in hand. If your team does not believe in you, they will not believe in the project. For your team to believe in you, you must earn their trust. Getting to know your team members and relating to them personally is one way to earn their trust.
Harvard Business Reviews’ analytics and statistics research found that "56% of respondents say their organization has achieved positive ROI from its investment in employee engagement.”
Your project is only as good as the people working on it. Picking the right team members for your client’s needs will determine your timeline and scope.