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Ask the CTO: Achieving friction-free status updates
Getting updates on the teams progress without disrupting the team can be challenging. A great first step is the team’s project management software. Understanding the urgency of the ask is also important. Providing a high level overview and following up with more details later may suffice. Look for natural breaks; lunch, coffee, etc. for the opportunity to ask questions without disrupting someone’s focus.
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The lack of a clearly defined goal will really slow a team down. As a manager, focusing on the ‘why’ allows for focus and frees you from micro-managing. It gives your team the context needed as they craft their solution.
Within a team, it’s also important to be aware of the impact of conflict and individuals unable to contribute at a required level. Supporting and growing your people is a primary objective. You also need to know when to move someone to another team if it’s just not working.
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Design and development teams really can work together. Collaboration between teams will result in a better product. Tightly integrating design into an agile sprint can help the team focus on key features. Pairing designers and developers for short periods (1-2 hours) at key points can streamline design reviews and maximize efficiencies in visual build-out. Collaboration is good!
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