Top 8 Tips to Efficiently Manage Your Mobile Software Development Team

September 14, 2020

A team manager discussing to her team members.

Not everyone is born a leader. However, if you have the passion, dedication, and the right attitude, you can become an efficient leader. You can successfully manage any team, be it a group of businessmen or a mobile software development team.

Managing a team requires a lot of commitment and hard work, especially if you’re leading a group of software developers. Composed of full-stack, back-end, & front-end developers, software dev teams deal with different creative and tech processes. If you possess the right management skills, collaboration and productivity from a diverse group of people will be easy. Whether you’ve been managing a mobile software development team for years or is new in the scene, there are some things you need to ensure results-driven teamwork.

Tips for Managing a Mobile Software Development Team

1. Respect your team members’ individuality.                                                         

Sure, practically everyone in the team is a developer, but this does not mean that they have the same skills set, work attitude, process, and talent. You may have team members whose main driving force is to see the final product, but you may also have developers who simply want a venue for creating their design and unleashing their creativity. Respect their differences and acknowledge their value to the team.

Respecting your team members’ individuality also means appreciating their individual skills. Some of them may excel in coding, while others are highly skilled in front-end tasks. Learn to value each of their skills. If you want a positive and productive work environment, you should allow members to keep their individuality while working with the team. Of course, it is also important to make everyone understand the objectives of the team and emphasize that fulfilling these should be the common goal of the group. It will also help if you find a way to integrate their individual preferences to the task at hand.

2. Effective communication is essential.

Developers value their independence, especially when working on a project. As such, you need to establish effective communication protocols. This involves more than just asking for updates or saying good morning/good afternoon to everyone. Proper communication means going through all the processes and channels that ensure your connection with everyone in the team is strong.

How is this done?

  • The first step is to involve the entire mobile software development team in the project process – from the brainstorming stage, to the development phase, and all the way to the product launching.
  • Second, establish a regular communication process. For example, if you all work remotely, in different locations, consider scheduling weekly, semi-weekly, or monthly video conferences. This is a good venue for sharing of thoughts and exchanging of ideas. You can also choose to schedule a monthly face-to-face meeting (if possible). Regularly chatting or communicating with each other will help ensure that your connection remains strong. Don’t forget to ask for suggestions from everyone on the team. You have to make sure that the communication tool or app you will be using is convenient for everyone.
  • Third, instead of using a video conferencing app such as Zoom or Google Meet, you can use project management software such as Slack, Teamwork, or Asana. These tools will not only allow you to communicate with all of your team members, it will also manage the team’s day-to-day performance. Likewise, these tools make collaboration easier.

3. Know how and when to delegate.

One of the common mistakes of team leaders is micro managing. In most cases, this will lead to project deficiency. Have faith in your team. Trust that each member is capable of completing the assigned tasks. Acting like a know-it-all will push the team down. This is also what it means to acknowledge a team member’s individual abilities. Learn to delegate tasks to your mobile software development team members. Have faith in their skills. Challenge them to unleash their potential by giving important assignments. If you do this, you’ll help increase your team’s confidence and productivity.

4. Provide the right equipment and tools.

Imagine working on a project and the tools provided for you are substandard. How will you be able to perform efficiently if your computer is too slow or if it constantly freezes and restarts? Imagine documenting your codes on Notepad because your computer is outdated. Imagine your team members experiencing the same situation. You wouldn’t want that to happen, do you? The ideal mobile software development team manager knows the value of the right equipment and tools. Find a way to secure the tools they need. It is your responsibility to ensure that your team is furnished with all the equipment necessary for a seamless work process.

5. Encourage autonomy.

Encouraging team members to become self-directing, finding the best way to successfully complete their tasks, will help improve employee engagement. Letting your team know that you trust each one of them will increase their self-worth and confidence. Therefore, they’ll be more motivated, dedicated, and engaged in performing their tasks. Teamwork is important, but it is also essential to give your team members space. This way, they will feel that they are in control, moving in the right direction, and capable of delivering the expected results. Of course, as the team leader, you have to be by their side and guide them through the different stages. Be sure, though, that you won’t hover over them, constantly peering over their backs. Let them do what they are good at.

6. Be a good coach.

If you are a good leader, you know that punishing and putting your team members to shame will never do anyone good. Instead of pulling down your mobile software development crew whenever someone makes a mistake or when an issue occurs, encourage them to never give up. Lift up their spirits up and allow them to try and try until they get the needed results. Good leaders do not destroy their team members. Good leaders encourage and uplift their teams even during the most challenging situations.

7. Build a relationship with your team members.

Your relationship with your mobile software development team members should not be limited to the office or to work. Building a relationship means connecting with them outside of the work environment. Schedule weekend hangouts with your team once in a while; eat at a fancy restaurant, go on a hiking adventure, or watch a movie. Every time you wrap up a project, treat your team to some drinks.  Creating these casual environments will help make your team members feel comfortable in your presence. Thus, it will be easier for them to open up to you when they have project- or work-related concerns. These treats are also a good way of showing your gratitude to the team.

8. Finally, encourage continuous learning and professional growth.

Give your mobile software development team several opportunities to continue learning. Allowing them to join hackathons, conferences, and seminars will give them a chance to hone their skills.

Manage your team as if they were your greatest treasures and you’re guaranteed to enjoy consistent success. 

About the author: Baptiste Leroux - CEO

After several years in the corporate world, I create my first Web startup as a social enterprise. Working with talented people, excellent software development skills, good communication, and a competitive pricing, we shifted our focus to web & mobile outsourcing projects. View on Linkedin