Different organisations carry out different work activities, but the basics of organising this work are the same.
Here is what you need to do …
Make a List
First you need to know what work you need to do.
Make a list of all of the work activities that your organisation must carry out.
Make sure the list covers everything…
It’s harder to manage staff across a distance — whether it’s remote teams or remote working individuals.
But enabling your team to cross geographies means you can grow capacity by acquisition and recruit from a much larger talent pool — making it a skill worth learning.
Remote teams need a local leader.
Look for someone who already has the respect of the team, and who acts and thinks as you do — so that they are your willing proxy.
Keep close to them — communicate every day — so that:
Whenever you do anything, sometimes things will go wrong.
Expect this — plan what to do and how to react.
Anticipate and Accept
Expect that things will go wrong and try to anticipate what they might be.
Mistakes are not a bad thing.
People learn more — and take on the learning more deeply — when it is from mistakes.
Build a culture where miss steps are regarded as a learning experience — not…
An organisation is its people:
Get the people part right and the organisation will stand a good chance of succeeding.
Many organisations treat people as a faceless resource:
Command and control assumes the worst in people.
Start-up businesses are all about innovation — building something new is usually their reason for existing.
But as they become established the day-to-day of current operations and products can get in the way of building the next new thing.
This tension needs to be managed so that you can do both.
Start by acknowledging that there are two different things that must be done:
Be clear — with yourself, and with everyone — into which category work sits, and put systems…
Even with the best of teams, and with the most progressive of management styles, there will still be times when you need to criticise.
How can you do this without falling into a well of negativity?
Do It Sparingly
When you’re not normally known for it, criticism, when it is occasionally needed, is much more effective.
Criticising only very occasionally means it’s not a skill at which you’re well practiced — so spend extra time preparing for the conversation.
Practice your arguments —…
When a business first starts up, the office is usually located somewhere convenient for the founders.
But as it grows it will need to move — usually more than once.
When these opportunities arise, what things should you consider?
How will the staff get to you?
Not just the founders. Not just the current staff. But all those people you haven’t yet recruited and will surely need.
You’ll need to cast the net wide as you grow — appealing to all types and all ages — to get the right mix of skills and experience.
If you’re stuck in…
Engineers are geeks, they want to stay technical, and don’t do people — right?
Engineers can often make the best managers — if you introduce them to it the right way.
Grow Your Own
You could recruit new managers, but it’s usually better to grow your own. They will:
Dipping a Toe
Engineers often shy away from management.
Whether you’re recruiting from outside or growing from within, what characteristics make a great Test Engineer?
As well as the technical skills that you need you should also look for …
Great Test Engineers love to play with a new product.
They are naturally inquisitive, taking a new product and exploring all of the possibilities, without any plan or direction.
Playing with a new product is essential, but…
All businesses regard staff training as a good thing — and it is.
But training is about much more than just ticking a box — using just what’s on the shelf.
Training courses are certainly part of the picture.
In-house courses may be more cost effective, but try to choose external training as it:
Send people on external training individually, not in groups.
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