Top-3 product development practices for better team collaboration

product development practices

Try googling something like “tips for online businesses” or “effective team management”, and you’ll be shocked how much advice is out there to “help optimize, improve and enhance” your team or company performance in just a few clicks.

Truth be told, I’ve always doubted whether someone actually reads any of the recommendations, shared on the web, apart of the brief how to’s or app\service tutorials. As it turns out, the only wanted content usually includes a concise list of niche-specific tips or a short step-by-step guide, not the “super-smart-*ss longread.”

With that it mind I’ve made my post utterly short:) Basically, here’re the three major hacks on how to improve team collaboration in the product development sector fast & easy:

Smart analysis & task segmentation

Long story short, the basics of any product development cycle, regardless of the project scale or complexity matches a short bulk chart, in which every stage comprises a certain list of activities (initiatives), further segmented into particular tasks (see Chart 1).

Your primary goal as a team lead is to delegate each activity (initiative) to relevant sub-teams and further assign tasks to sub-team members.

The better you act at this point, the fewer communication dropdowns you will face during project development cycle.

Balanced micromanagement

Unless you’re managing 1–4 people, the micromanagement routine is likely to be your worst nightmare, if not the cause of your nervous breakdown.

Either you’re paying too much, or too little attention to each activity/task, chances are you will have to deal with communication breakdowns or worse, conflicts among the sub-teams, missed deadlines and the low quality of the end-product.

What you Can do to reduce the possible damage is enable sub-team leads (or delegates) to micromanage activities/specific tasks on their own, and further report results to you.

NB! The described strategy only works well, if each team member is fully aware of:

  • tasks they’re responsible for;
  • precise implementation schedule in the current development cycle.

Effective Review

As seen from the Chart, the review stages are indispensable in successful product development, and the crucial factors are both when and how exactly you’re reviewing each product iteration or prototype.

The proven practices for effective review include:

  • Structuring & segmentation
  • Strict scheduling
  • Minor checks in real time.

NB! Arranging real-time reviews online is easier, if you’re using online cloud software or service that has enables sharing access to files, assigning leveled access permissions and syncing data across platforms.

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