How to Build a Successful Software Development Team

Kevin Nguyen
Jan 27 · 4 min read

Human factor takes an important role in the successful path of any organization, any field and IT is not the exception. It’s not easy to set up a good team for recruitment section because a successful team depends on not only each individual’s ability but also communication skills among team members. Especially, in software development, teamwork becomes more important as the close relationship among processes directly affects the result in the long-term.

In this article, we will show you how to set up a successful software development team.

How individuals respond to their job description

Generally, a software development service has four major components includes Product Owner; Designer, Developer and Project Manager (optional). Each position requires different requests in terms of proficiency and dignity.

Product Owner

Being considered as a team leader, Product Owner takes responsibility to research the project’s vision, contact customers and host the meeting with team members to meet customer’s demands. In some circumstance, this position works not only in software development but also in sales, communication, market research and marketing.

The recruitment often requires Product Owner candidate some skills relating strategic product planning, generating product’s ideas, information and features provider, guarantee a great way to release product to market. Throughout this process, communication and interpersonal skills are considered as the main weapons deciding how good Product Owner is. This person needs to make sure customers and internal team be on the same page. In case of misunderstanding and failure, Product Owner proves himself/ herself as a quick and sensitive person in solving problems and advising customers.

Designer

Designer is an indispensable part of a development team, who guarantees mobile and web designs is beautiful and friendly to users. Their jobs include visual assets, wireframes, storyboards, user flows, process flows and sitemaps. Also, this position requires communication skills to work with the Product Owner and Developer to effectively show the ideas of the products via design.

Developer

Developer works directly in technology by writing and launching software or application code. This person deeply knows about the resource, platform and other tasks relating to technology and possibly provides the best advice to customers for any technological issues.

Besides specialization knowledge, developers need another dignity to develop themselves as well as work on well with the team. One of the most important things is time management skill. Developers have many deadlines, especially when they involve in various projects at the same time and handle more than 1 deadline a day. A professional developer knows how to arrange the time and ensures every project is finished in the most high-end quality without affecting to personal activities. Moreover, fast adaptability is considered as an advantage, technology changes and updates every hour so developers need quickly catch the upgraded information and improved their skills day by day. However, this does not mean they do technology stuffs on their own, in a team, a developer is also a listener who listens to team’s feedback and give advice if necessary.

Project Manager (Optional)

Project Manager’s task includes budget, resources allocation and deadlines. We often see Project Manager in big companies. In small and medium companies, this position might be eliminated and the Product Owner will handle those tasks. In fact, Product Owner and Project Manager’s missions are quite similar but Project Manager works on the smaller scale.

How to team up a group of your best candidates

When you have got these four basic components of a software development team, the first thing you need to do is creating a general working process with must — be — followed rules for team members. Of course, those rules have to emphasize general value and customer’s benefit that include growing — learning — listening — winning together, looking at larger vision to trust process instead of focusing on micromanaging, being open-minded to an idea, working together instead of ordering them.

Once four basic positions possibly follow your rules, they will sit in one table, control their ego and try their best to outstanding results, especially when problems occur. The very first four members make a fundamental step for you to expand your team by hiring more members involving business analysts, testers, scrum masters and build engineers.

Every technology giant starts the first step from a small development team to a successful team requires effort from both sides: employer/leader and employee. When employers understand they have to face with eliminating unsuitable staffs, convincing potential candidates or letting someone go; the employees need to develop themselves in terms of knowledge and working attitude to become unreplaceable part of a team.

Kevin Nguyen

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Software Development — Mobile App Development — Website Solution Development