We may have talked about collaborating across departments and how to ensure you aren’t operating under silos. But what about within your own team? How can you create collaboration within, let’s say web development, that results in both a better process and great website?
In the sections below we are offering 3 different ways you can create a team dynamic that promotes communication, team work, and better website builds. Let’s dive in:
Just like with anything, before you start creating or implementing what needs to be done, you need to have a plan. This plan needs to be expressed to everyone involved, both in and outside of the dev department. This way all of your team members know what needs to be accomplished and what they are working to achieve. Creating cohesive understanding means you get a true collection of work that is similar in style and functionality.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- What is the site trying to offer?
- What journey is the visitor going on?
- What audience is the site trying to attract?
Aside from the questions stated above, it’s important that you (as a team, and as a developer) ask questions to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that you understand what needs to be done to make the site work correctly. Also, asking specific questions ahead of time can help everyone understand the scope of the task and prepare accordingly. Without knowing certain aspects, it can be difficult to plan and distribute assignments when necessary. For this reason, be sure to ask:
- How long is this project and what are the specific deadlines?
- Are there any software, data, etc. issues that we may come across as time goes on?
- Aside from the site build, is there anything additional needed to make this successful?
Managing the stage and process of each project is important to stay on schedule and ensure that those involved are working together to complete their part(s) of each task. With the help of tools and even simple to-do lists, your team can know who is doing what, when it is due, and if things are not going as planned (as sometimes happens). Here are some great tools you can check out to see which fits your own needs:
Ensure that your team is taking collaboration seriously and paying attention to how tasks and a site come together. By creating ways for management and communication to happen, you provide ways to ensure that your team is set up for success and is able to create amazing websites.