The 5 Best Practices for a More Cohesive Agile Team
Agile keeps the web developer’s clock ticking. The development workflow - tickets and sprints live within the software of the Agile dashboard.
Setting up a system where team members rely on each other and can view real-time processes leads to a cohesive work strategy. Agile provides a unique set-up where instead of fixing problems that arise at the end, developers are able to adjust along the way. This allows for a tighter schedule and more reliable time estimates.
At the start of each project is a commitment the team members make once they accept and plan the project. The commitment decreases miscommunications and increases accountability. Collaboration is key to success.
These 5 best practices for Agile teams will keep each project running harmoniously and on schedule.
1. Sprint Planning
One of the most important facets of Agile is sprint planning. This is where the commitment comes into action. Developers come together and commit to the sprint, which leads to predictable sprint releases. Sprint planning means everyone will have the same expectations for the sprint release.
Consistency is key when it comes to being predictable. Utilizing similar timetables for each sprint defines the cadence for web developers and stakeholders alike. Of course, not every project is the same as the last, so adaptable skills are important. But, using consistent practices, adhering to requirements, and completing each task via a set of standards will produce a trusted and successful team.
3. Proper ManagementAnyone who has worked a job before knows that management sets the tone. Proper management of tickets, sprint planning, and responsibility is crucial to maintaining a successful and cohesive development team. For example, when assigning tickets, ensure the scope of work requested in the ticket is achievable in the sprint timeframe so one person is not stuck working alone without feedback for too long.
4. Asynchronous CommunicationAsynchronous communication: This means no one person holds all of the information. Everyone has access to the information needed, so in the case of a teammate going out to lunch or clocking out early, it does not hinder the rest of the team’s knowledge or access base. Adopting an async communication process increases transparency and flattens the hierarchy; instead of one person being ‘above’ another, each member is made independent while remaining aware. Working in synergy to get the task at hand done. This leads to a more trusting atmosphere, and avoids situations of working non-stop for two weeks without sanity checks.
5. Constructive Comments
Agile practices are almost exclusively reliant on communication. Unhelpful communication will only hinder the team and deter them from their goal. For example, code reviews that ask constructive questions to stimulate critical thinking are more effective, lead to greater understanding, and serve more as a conversation than criticism. The basis of constructive comments is offering sincere help. This leads to long-term successful strategies.
Agile requires humble communication, empathy, and an innate desire to understand. Building a cohesive development team does not happen overnight. It takes time to create the level of trust, commitment, and instinct that make a team not only functional, but happy. To find out more about Diamond services and thought leaders, visit diamond.la and follow our social channels.