It’s tough to manage your team in any field these days. Especially when you’re working with Freshers or people relatively new to the job. Software team leaders are the ones most affected by the nerve cracking stress of team management. Including deadlines and specific requirements, the situation only gets worse.
Moreover, some projects need 24-hour support from the Team leader or any other specialist for that matter. So what to do in cases like this? How to manage your team effectively? Let’s find out.
7 Rules to Manage your Team
The rules mentioned in this article makes the process of team management a, much more comfortable, and stress-free process. Some project manager use specific methodologies to increase the productivity let’s see if they’re useful.
Use Technology to Manage your Team
Technology provides us tools to make life easier. So, why not make our jobs easier? Certain Team management softwares can make your job much easier. They provide you with a common platform for chatting with your team, tracking the work progress, scheduling the events, etc. You don’t need to be physically present to discuss your plans, which saves much time too.
Agile has somewhat become a bundle of methodologies in recent days. The base concept for this methodology, though is exactly what the name suggests. Being Agile in a project. It is a methodology based on spontaneous planning and adoption techniques. This plan lets the team members from any background work together and finish the project quickly.
Team members work on small executions and find out what is working and what is not instead of wasting their time on the complete block itself. However, this methodology requires close observation. The factor of unpredictability increases a lot since the psychological factors increase their hold in such a method. The irony, this is the best part of this methodology too. Changes can be accommodated rather quickly while following this method.
If your team has members whose strong point is adaptability, we suggest you go with this.
Many teams these days are using this method to obtain the best work. One of the other disadvantages of Agile methodology is that the work requires constant feedback from the clients, which might be a little time taking.
2. Waterfall Model
Ever heard this name before? Well, this is a quite popular methodology used in many areas. You would’ve come across this term while learning any computer language in school. A lot of learning, production, manufacturing industries use this model and is ultimately a useful weapon in the hand of an engineer.
What you do is, you list out all the tasks you need to complete the project. You execute the tasks in a particular order. It is more like planning a wedding. Let’s see how it goes for an example. First, you book the hall; then you order the flowers, Invite the guests, talk to a chef, Order an ice sculpture (It’ll be great), and proceed to the wedding. As simple as that.
Advantages of this method are that you go in a particular flow just like a waterfall. You cant change the path of your project after starting, but you will be the man with a plan. So, be careful before choosing this.
Although it sounds magical, it stands for Projects In Controlled Environments. This is more like a Waterfall version 2 or a Waterfall Remastered. This goes well for huge projects which needs thorough financial planning and execution. Basically, it’s just a waterfall with rigorous control.
This is one of the most employed methodologies in the world. Most of the people involved in projects before are familiar with this method. The main disadvantage of this method is nonflexible nature. The project won’t be able to change its course once started. Everything is fixed in this project, including who will do what and when.
It is more popular as a set of methods than a methodology. It stands for Project Management Body of Knowledge. To deal with a project easily, it follows ‘divide and conquers rule.’ It breaks down the project management into five phases.
- Conception and Initiation
- Performance and Monitoring
It’s actually not very different from the waterfall method. You could say that this is a subset of it. Most of the American companies use this method. Largescale projects can be managed easily with this method, making it a good competitor against PRINCE2. This is a Universally standard way of the waterfall model where the steps are fixed.
Scrum is one of the most preferred methodologies today. Scrum follows more of a college project meet-up method. You divide and assign the tasks for two weeks. There will be a 15-minute meetup daily in which a scrum master will discuss the progress. This can not only be used for projects but any kind of activity like research, learning, etc.
This is similar to the waterfall model, but the waterfall maintains a course only for a couple of weeks. It doesn’t need to be specifically, but you got our point. With Scrum, you can keep the team updated about the changes on a timeline basis. This type of methodology still retains the Unpredictability from methods like Agile. So, precautions need to be taken to make the project a success.
Lean is more of an ideology. It tries to eliminate the human imposed/natured burdens and stress, along with other resource wastage. For example, time is a resource, and Lean minimizes the time wastage. This method is not that much effective for the software side jobs as it is to the production or manufacturing jobs.
Kanban utilizes a board ‘Kanban Board’ to visually manage the process. If the work is progressing, you moe the tokens from one side to the other. In this way, you can easily find out where the work is stacking up. It is highly effective in Software development projects. Kanban isn’t much of a management method, as it is a task management activity. There are mobile apps to help you with this, so this method is not much needed in the industry.