The Benefits of Working Like a Developer
Updated: Nov 27, 2022
It’s no secret that in a start-up company, one of the main factors of success is productivity. At the foundation of productivity is organization. Being organized, not only helps you maximize productivity. It also helps you identify roadblocks along the way and sometimes those roadblocks will stack up and actually block the project.
What kind of developers are there?
Big data developer
Customer relationship management (CRM) developer
(There's probably more)
Tools for getting Organised
People have different ways of staying organized. Some people keep everything in their heads. Some people use Post-it notes, but by far the most popular method is using third-party software such as Trello and while Trello can be incredibly useful it doesn’t prioritize getting things done. If you really wanna maximize productivity, nothing beats working in sprints, and for that, we have Jira.
Developers, Jira, and sprints
Having worked with many start-up companies in the tech space we often find ourselves working alongside a predominantly developer-focused team. As we like to integrate as much as possible with our clients, we were immediately forced to pick up Jira and to a surprise, we loved it so much, it’s now a foundational part of our operations. What Jira does is make you focus on sprints, which are part of a larger picture, and incentivize you to work towards goals and get those goals completed by the end of the sprint. Those goals can be broken down into tasks, blockers can be identified, and in a collaborative manner blockers can be removed and the goal achieved.
Here are some Pros & Cons of the actual app:
The Scrum boards for teams to run agile sprints are great
It uses Kanban-style boards to visualize projects
It's easy to track and record bugs
The Enterprise plan comes with Atlassian analytics, data lake and data connectors
You can subscribe to Atlassian Access, which includes single sign-on (SSO), system for cross-domain identity management (SCIM), and Active Directory sync
Atlassian provides a guaranteed uptime service-level agreement (SLA) of 99.9%
Not super user-friendly, and the interface is not great
Not a huge amount of support for external collaboration
Jira is primarily designed for Bitbucket, so if your developers prefer GitHub or GitLab, they might not be able to use all its features.
The benefits of thinking like a developer
In the world of marketing and sales. There are many great areas. People use instinct to work on hunches and follow their gut feelings. This can be great when tackling the creative side of marketing, but when knuckling down to get something done in the early stages of a company, it’s not ideal. Developers, on the other hand, tend to see things much more in black and white, they have to do X because of Y. This means if something is blocking X then that block must be removed- it’s this kind of thinking that a start-up needs. Check out this article from Indeed about different types of developers.
If your start-up company is operating in a chaotic way, things are not getting done, roadblocks are not being dissolved, and people are starting tasks, and then abandoning them, you should take a page out of your developer's book and work in sprints.
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