For almost any person a great day begins with a delicious coffee mix, while for a developer at WebChain a super hit day begins with some short, but productive meetings and some neatly written codes. Of course, for us too, the daily mood is sponsored by coffee.
A typical day includes the apparent duties of building and deploying websites, apps and programs, but there are other tasks that do not appear on the job description. From client-servicing to firefighting, we can say that a programmer wears multiple hats.
So basically, there are many difficulties that a developer has to face every day.
Lack of information on requirements
This can occur when specifications are well mentioned from the client’s end, BUT the developer will end up by misunderstanding them.
We, as a team, have learned how to tackle such irritating situations. Our developers tend to rely first on a profound understanding of the clients’ needs. Keep in mind that without an excellent understanding of what your customers need and want, you simply can’t build a successful business.
Sometimes even when the project is at its hotfoot, adjustments are conveyed unexpectedly. This will certainly lead to pressurized operations and postponed deliveries.
In any case, we manage to overcome such circumstances, as our battle is to generate value and meet the deadlines. Even though from time to time it becomes difficult, these sort of situations nurture our abilities for in time deliveries. That’s why such updates are welcomed and not met with horror.
Lack of end-user approach
Each development team has distinct employees, with separate sets of skills. Some of them can see the project from a user-centered attitude, while others may fall a little behind.
In our company, the project leaders play an extremely important role in ensuring that the entire development is accomplished by keeping the end-user in mind.
That being said, whether you’re relying on software to make sure everyone is on track, or you have a dedicated PM to push the whole thing over the line, effective project management is vital to successful delivery.
Gaps are likely to happen when the customer and the project leader have some kind of interaction discrepancy. Project manager, however, communicates between the customer and the team, so he puts an extra effort into this, in order to guarantee an adequate flow.
We are always trying to avoid such gaps. By attending regular meetings we are able to plan the day according to our priorities and fill the so-called communication gap.
Facing strict deadlines
There are moments when we have to face some strict deadlines. But we work hard and play harder in order to deliver our projects on time. Our strategy? Not everyone loves meetings, but the daily agile stand-up meetings, alongside an excellent communication of the priorities and tracking the progress all the time, always keeps us afloat and helps us ensure the successful delivery of the project.
Remember: small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas as Eleanor Roosevelt said.
As Mary Poppins says, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and snap! The job’s a game! And every task you undertake becomes a piece of cake.” It’s totally true. In order to keep the team productive and engaged, you need to find a recipe for success.
A few simple games played together can totally transform the team by rejuvenating the spirit and boosting the enthusiasm for work. It’s the simple release of energy that allows you to refocus and ultimately become more productive and efficient at the job. At WebChain, we always find the time to play a FIFA championship or to train our muscles in a Fussball game, even on the hardest days.