What Makes an IT Team?

Nowadays teamwork is a critical aspect of everyday work. Successful team-building and collaboration is a challenge in every organization. Every individual brings a talent and skill to the table, which contributes to the achievement of the group. However, to build a well-rounded tech team involves more than just assembling the best specialists.  It is also crucial to focus on the employee’s creativity and passion.  Hard skills are easy to determine through assessing past work experience and education. It is the soft skills that are difficult to observe and develop.

The way that people work in teams is just as important as their individual performance. Success is guaranteed if people care about sharing their knowledge and experience with others.

Adaptability is a key attribute of any team player. Especially the IT team members should be open-minded as technology changes very fast and tools come out every day. The workflow process will become more complicated if someone on a team is unable to switch gears and regain concentration.

Get to know each other

Knowing each other’s accomplishments and work experience plays an important role in creating a great team. Everyone should have a clear understanding of  their contribution to the implementation of the project. They should be committed to playing their part in the overall success of the group. Allowing each person to make their own unique contributions will lead to less conflict and a superior outcome.

Productive Conflict

The most important ingredient of a successful team is the diversity of people. It is crucial to ensure that everyone in a team has different talents and attributes. Contrasting standpoints among colleagues are inevitable. Bringing together different viewpoints is one of the strong qualities of a team approach.

Steve Jobs once said, “Through an incredibly talented group of people bumping up against each other…having arguments, having fights…and working together, they polish each other, they polish their ideas.”

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Learning from Mistakes

Effective teams conduct frequent meetings to evaluate the work completed and discuss the status of tasks in process. This provides the team with the opportunity to correct errors or, if necessary, change course.  When a big mistake is made the entire team should accept the responsibility for the mistake and move forward by using it  as a vehicle for learning.

Team Lead Role

Good leadership is another important aspect of team building. The team leader is the person responsible for ensuring that team members support each other to achieve their goal or objective and he must also foster the cooperation necessary for high quality performance. The leader must also assure that the team has the resources and information necessary to complete its task.

A team requires continuing attention to its management, therefore there will always be the need of a leader to foster genuine teamwork. The leader should have a solid understanding of how to fit together the pieces of a whole, what are the developmental needs of the team. Depending on the projects every team member  might become a leader for a certain period of time.

What Team Lead Needs?

 Through the course of time it becomes clear that leadership has little to do with technical proficiency. It requires far more skills than just the knowledge of programming languages. Here are some competences that play a key role in leadership.

  • Lead by Example

A competent team leader does what he says he will do and treats others the same way he wants to be treated. By demonstrating commitment to the organization he fosters the growth of enthusiasm within the team members.

  • Develop Communication Skills

Effective communication skills allow team leaders to clearly present the expected outcome of the projects to team members and also listen to the opinions of others. A huge part of being a great communicator is being a great listener. When leaders listen more, they can respond more effectively.

Communication also involves performance evaluation. Positive or even negative feedback helps to clarify the goals.

  • Organizational Qualities

One of the major responsibilities of a team leader is to plan the objectives and strategies, which help the team members to perform in a proper way. Organization is the first step towards productivity. Leader can help workers understand their goals and organize an action plan.

  • Be Confident

A productive team leader is confident in the decisions that affect his team. When the team loses the confidence in themselves the leader should challenge them. Leaders help manage change in the workplace by gaining the confidence of workers through effective decision making and communication.

  • Support the Team

The leader should always take time off to speak to individual team members and understand what they’re struggling with, what their strengths are so he can assign future tasks of that type to them. The leaders must concern about the harmony and balance in the team. Support means helping the team overcome problems. The team has to know the leader will be there for them through the good and the bad  times.This means taking responsibility at all times.

  • Delegate Effectively

A great leader needs to be able to delegate effectively. When delegating a task the leader should give a clear guidance on what is expected of them, state why he gives those responsibilities to that specific  person. He should mention the particular talents based on which that specific person was chosen.

  • Keep the Team Motivated

To keep people motivated the team lead needs to listen to them, ask them questions, understand their issues. A quality team leader respects the role and input of the teammates by encouraging them to make their own suggestions and to express ideas which will be taken into consideration. Influential leaders believe in what they are doing and what their company is doing. They can inspire so much in others through their own passion and enthusiasm.

  •  Never Stop Learning

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Task Management

The team should always be aware of the project deadlines. Every day team members should achieve a certain goal. The successful completion of assigned tasks means working without distraction and meeting deadlines. It is hard enough getting things done on your own; it gets even more challenging when you have to deal with others to get your team’s tasks accomplished.

Task management comprises of processes that systematize day to day work.

Time  management is all about planning.  The first thing to do is to plan and schedule the tasks that need to be done.  This can be  made by discussing the activities of the team and assigning tasks to each member.  It’s helpful to periodically brainstorm and make a list of tasks. Everyone should agree on the timelines.

The tasks that are very complicated must be broken down into simplest ones. The next step is the prioritization which helps to concentrate on one task even if  there are a lot of things to do. If an individual is given many things to do at a time and doesn’t know how to prioritize them, he won’t know where to start from and won’t be able to get down to work. Besides it’s also important to estimate the time for each task. To track the overall progress the team members or particularly the team lead should take time to review the day’s accomplishments and plan for the next day.

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