Constructing a More Agile TeamNick Throlson
Having an agile team at your disposal is a great way to ensure that your business is always running on all cylinders. When you know your employee s are highly flexible, adaptable, and capable, you have a lot more options available to you, for sure, But, how do you ensure that your team is more agile?
Here are some simple tips to increase the agility of your team:
Hire the Right Staff
First, and most importantly of all, you need to recruit the right people into your business. This will perhaps mean a more rigorous recruiting process than you’re used to with lots of vetting, interviews, and tests to ensure the people you’re hiring are not only competent, but able to adapt to any situation and willing to work more flexibly, but it will be worth it when you can look at your team and know that they will make your business boom.
Implement Location Neutrality
Location neutrality is an amazingly effective way to boost your team’s agility because having employees in numerous different locations across the globe, where they will be working in different time zones, means that you will not only be privy to different ways of thinking and different cultural practices, but you will also have access to excellent employees round the clock, should you need them.
Increasing the level of collaboration your team has, using, for example, cloud-based software testing tools that offer many integrations, or using Skype and other video conferencing software to ensure everyone is included, is a great way to foster fruitful working relationships which will help employees to come up with more creative solutions faster.
Plan for Defeat
Every business experiences defeat, failures and setbacks along the way, so if you want your team to be as agile as possible, you need to plan for the worst case scenario. This will inform everything from the tightness of your deadlines to the size of your budget, building in a cushion so that your team feels freer to make mistakes along the way. After all, it is mistakes which teach us the most and help us to ultimately succeed.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
It’s the 21st Century, which means we have an abundance of technology at our fingertips, and you’d be remiss not to use it to make your team more efficient, agile and successful. You can use spreadsheets to automate basic tasks, testing tools to find bugs more quickly and, as I mentioned above, collaboration tools to bring the team together, and that’s just the tips of the iceberg or what is possible.
Work on Yourself
As a team leader, it is important that you are always working on yourself, looking at new and improved ways of managing your employees and meeting their needs. There are numerous management styles out there, and experimenting with them all will help you to determine what works best for you and your team in any given situation.
All of the tips above will help you to create a more agile team and a more successful business. All that remains now is for you to jump in and start implementing them as soon as possible.