Scaling Your Team

When developing a software or program, you would be familiar with the concept of scaling. The idea is to keep adding elements as and when required, usually when the program starts becoming more complex to handle using the tools you have on hand now. The same concept can be applied to your software development team. Here’s how you can go about it:

  • Start by coming up with your best idea. Yes, this is the right way to go about scaling your team. When you have few people around you, you will be able to think a lot more clearly, and hence now is the best time to brainstorm and come up with the idea that will take you to the top. As they say, too many cooks spoil the broth. When you bring more people on board, you will get a structure and a great system working for you, but the time to think would be long gone.
  • Hiring the right people is more important than hiring the most qualified or experienced people. As mentioned, initially you don’t need much of a structure, but as the team grows, you need to assign goals and roles to each member. This is why every member you bring on should fulfill a role, and not just be a passenger.
  • When bringing new members on board, do it in stages. Initially, 2 to 4 people are fine. In the next stage, bring the total up to 9, max. Then, you can take it up to 15 and that’s where you have to stop. Assigning more than 15 developers to a project can be overwhelming for everyone and many great ideas might get lost in the noise. You have to weather the transition between stages and handle any crisis which emerges.
  • As mentioned, assigning roles is important. Take it a step further by creating different teams which take care of different parts of the project. The idea is to have one group of people focusing on one thing so that they can give it their best shot. This is where you can benefit from specialization.
  • Cohesion and communication is the key to making scaling work. You have to be clear about your plans from the outset and keep everyone in the loop. Only bring on new people if you need and if there are any issues with the progress of the software, inform everyone involved without delay.

These are some tips you can follow to scale your team as your software project moves along. This will ensure the entire process is seamless and that you don’t have to bear any hassle