Who doesn’t gets pleasure from ticking tasks off of the to-do-list? Everyone does. But it’s no longer exciting when you are drowning in work with too many things to do, just like trying to shuffle too many tasks at once. This results into demotivated and unhappy employees. Situations like this can be avoided by incorporating few simple things, that can bring a bit of happiness into your workday, while making your product development process more efficient, and your team to get more things done.
Is your product development process making you anxious? Has it become hefty and is consuming too much time? In order to get through the process are you sacrificing speed and innovation? Improving your product development process doesn’t have to be a huge operation if you start with minor, incremental improvements. Let’s have a look:
- Use Scrum Methodology
‘Scrum’ is an agile framework usually used to complete complex projects. Scrum is not just formalized for software development projects, but for any complex, innovative scope of work. The Scrum methodology will make your product development process much more simple. In this methodology the product owner should first create a prioritized wish list called ‘product backlog’. Firstly, during sprint planning, the team need to pull out a small chunk from the wish list, ‘a sprint backlog’, and then decide on how to work on them. The team will get certain amount of time, a sprint (which is usually two to four weeks) in order to finish off work, while this time the Scrum Master keeps the team focused on their goals. Once the sprint is coming to an end the product should be ready to be handed to the customer. Towards the end the sprint ends with a review. Same way next time again, when the next sprint begins the team chooses another chunk of product backlog and start working again.
- Ensure your Task is ‘Done’
When you say your work is done it should be ‘done’ by true means like features should be implemented, documentation should be up-to-date, features must be reviewed by QA, code should be in master branch and finally code is deployed to production.
Even as a team everyone should know that when they say the task is complete it means nothing is left to be worked on in the process.
Explicit completion criteria can also reduce the last minute hustles. It might happen that sometimes the QA repeatedly re-opens the already completed task due to some unmet criteria. It’s always better to spend a little extra time and complete a task at once, instead of revisiting it several times to make fixes.
- Make your Work Status Visible
Is your team, upper management or customer aware of the current status of your project? Are they all clear on, which all features are already completed and which ones you’re currently working on? Will you be able to release product on time?
With a physical board on the wall you can immediately get an idea on what’s going on. No need to distract the team by asking for status updates. There are electronic tools like Jira or Trello, which can help in tracking your work. They do come with good APIs (Application Program Interface) that enable you to pull data out for displaying on big public monitors. Additionally, a cumulative flow chart can also be of good visualization to detect bottlenecks.
Nowadays, fast growing companies have set clear priorities and just enough process. In order to get your product development process right, review your current systems and eliminate the things that don’t add value. One of the key strength of Tricon is the ability of our different teams to work together in a perfect synergy to build solutions. We define the process that will work for our customers and adhere to it accurately.