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How to optimize time in your team? ๐Ÿ’ก

alexandrudanpop profile image Alexandru-Dan Pop ใƒป1 min read

Let's be honest, no big project can be completed without teamwork and without having a good team communication. Your individual success is pointless if you don't achieve team goals.

Having big teams can also lead to miscommunication or misunderstandings.

How to deal with it?

I am really curious to know what have you tried to implement, and what were the things that really helped you optimize teamwork & collaboration.

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Deal with unknowns ahead of time ๐Ÿค”

This is one thing where anyone in the team can add a lot of value if used correctly.
You can save others time by doing this:
If we have a backend and frontend team, design the communication model before implementing anything.
Small details need to be also clear before coding - if there's room for the developer to decide some aspects let him know and make that frictionless.

Improve processes โš™๏ธ

Having a good process is key. The processes need to be optimized for the team and for the business results. As an individual, even if you are the best in the team, you have a cap on the value you can bring. If you optimize processes, you can multiply the results of many people from your team or maybe even cross-department.

Good patterns are templates for later developments ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

Say we already have a very good form in our app that handles everything very well.
Next time when we implement something new, we can always refer to previous similar designs to see how to build it in a consistent way.

Have the initial implementations of your components or code of high quality! It will make a huge difference in the long run.

Improve DX ๐Ÿค–

DX stands for developer experience.
Want to make everyone from the team happier? Improve DX. This means improving internal tools and using technologies that make developers' lives better.

Improve team habits ๐Ÿ’ช

  • is knowledge shared?
  • are success and failure shared?
 

Try to get rid of communication! People are terrible at communication, the more of it is needed the more time is lost.
A good team is composed of people who understand each other well. So a lot can be done with little communication.
Most ceremonies are about slow communication. Try to get rid of them, or reduce them as much as possible. Stand-ups, estimation meetings, retrospectives, pre-integration code reviews. They are all ceremonies which slow down productivity. Good teams don't really need them as much.

 

This is a controversial topic. A lot of times teams don't know each other so well. In most teams people change from time to time.

Having this said, I agree on reducing wasted times from meetings.
I think the more productive view on meetings would be to have them on demand. Do we have a hard topic or am I stuck? I can just call Joe and have a quick pair programming session or a design session with him.